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Amazing time lapse video of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Great camera movement and use of graphics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lq4XTA7mUY

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Epic sign for a Korean restaurant. Lots of Korean food places in UB.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Epic sign for a Korean restaurant. Lots of Korean food places in UB.

The most tower you can possibly get. How much more tower? None. None more tower.

The most tower you can possibly get. How much more tower? None. None more tower.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Some random shots from one of my favorite cities, the rugged, beautiful UB. Visit it and its people, you will be surprised.

I <3 UB

Ulaanbaatar gets a bad rap in just about any travel guide or travel site you read and frankly I think its pretty unfair.  I love UB and found it to be a beautiful and vibrant city with different looks, friendly people and an electric pulse that coursed through the streets. Things are happening in UB, good things and the evidence is everywhere.  The city does have its rough edges and dark side but any good city with a solid personality has these things.  The wealth gap is very visible and immense but that happens in ever young, developing nation of the modern era.  Ulaanbaatar can be dangerous to foreigners but usually if you’re not very bright or unaware of your surroundings.  It reminded me of San Francisco in the 1800’s. A boomtown that was wild yet springing forward in great leaps due to wealth flowing into the city. The Wild West with iPhones.  If you give it a chance and explore the city you will find its charming ruggedness, appreciate its beauty in multiple forms and forgive its flaws.  UB has a lot of qualities I like in women so its no surprise I fell in love with the city.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

My favorite Mongolian beer: Chinggis Dark. First beer I had in Mongolia and I continued to drink it when I could get it.  It wasn&#8217;t always available outside the city but most Mongolian beer was decent.  This was at Granville, an American style restaurant and bar place.  

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

My favorite Mongolian beer: Chinggis Dark. First beer I had in Mongolia and I continued to drink it when I could get it.  It wasn’t always available outside the city but most Mongolian beer was decent.  This was at Granville, an American style restaurant and bar place.  

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Here is a picture of what claims to be the FIRST Irish pub in Ulaanbaatar.  They did have Guinness and it was pub-like but there were quite a few “Irish pubs” in UB.  I didn’t really mind much since I’m happy with beer and especially Guinness anywhere in the world.

BAM! Outta nowhere a Beatles tribute in the middle of Ulaanbaatar!  I came to find out most of the younger people I talked to there love the Beatles and there&#8217;s a few Mongolian bands that play that style of music today.

BAM! Outta nowhere a Beatles tribute in the middle of Ulaanbaatar!  I came to find out most of the younger people I talked to there love the Beatles and there’s a few Mongolian bands that play that style of music today.

Apparently they set up an ice rink in Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar during the winter.  That would be fun to play hockey outdoors here in the winter right in the middle of the city.

Apparently they set up an ice rink in Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar during the winter.  That would be fun to play hockey outdoors here in the winter right in the middle of the city.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Leaving Mongolia on the way out to Kharkhorin.  Not sure what this gate was, a toll booth maybe?  We stopped just outside to get gas and the essentials: vodka, beer, water and Hello Panda snacks.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Leaving Mongolia on the way out to Kharkhorin.  Not sure what this gate was, a toll booth maybe?  We stopped just outside to get gas and the essentials: vodka, beer, water and Hello Panda snacks.