Mongolia is a vast country with abundant landscape and wildlife. After traveling on the train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar through the endless Gobi dessert, my boyfriend and I found ourselves at the Steppes Nomads Ger Camp. This eco ger camp is two hours east of Ulaanbaatar in the Gun-Galuut Natural Reserve. Far away from the crowds and heat of metropolitan Beijing, the two days we spent at the Steppes Nomad Ger Camp were some of the most peaceful and relaxing of my life. Our ger was as simple as the come, a felt dome with a fireplace, bed, and a door.
I will never forgetting horseback riding across the open steppes of the Gun-Galuut Natural Reserve with a local Mongolian herded guiding us along, pointing out marmots, birds, sheep, and fresh rhubarb. His attire and the few words he could speak in English were a testament to his love of nature and the Mongolian way of life. Yet, even in this remote area of the world, America's influence was still ever-present. He asked us where we were from, and after our reluctant answer, he reposed with enthusiasm, "Obama!"