THE AIRAG ADDICTS ARE IN ULAANBAATAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Proper update to follow with pictures, short dance video, and adventures recap, but just a quick note to let you know that after 5 wks, 3 days, 8730 miles, 13 borders – THE AIRAG ADDICTS ARE IN ULAANBAATAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mongol Rally, DONE. 3 cars intact. All teammates present. Minus one camera with a trip full of pictures, thanks to UB thieves ūüė¶ Big thank yous to everyone for your support along the way!

Link to Kazakhstan Photos on Facebook

Not sure if this will work, but give it a shot!

Kazakhstan

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2205776&id=212281&l=962bc8405b

The Airag Addicts have landed!! We’re in Mongolia!!

After 4 days in Siberia and one horrendously freezing night at the Mongolian border, the Airag Addicts are in Olgii, Mongolia!! We’ve successfully entered the country with all 3 cars, all 8 people, and even celebrated last night with a little airag, warm food, and a night in a ger for the best night’s sleep we’ve had in a while!

Unfortunately, we’re probably parting ways with Brad because his flight is a little earlier than we think we can make it to UB, but the rest of us will be booking it to the capital as soon as we can.

Crossing our fingers that all 3 cars make it to UB (we temporarily lost a muffler yesterday) so send good karma our way!!
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The Airag Addicts have landed!! We’re in Mongolia!!

After 4 days in Siberia and one horrendously freezing night at the Mongolian border, the Airag Addicts are in Olgii, Mongolia!! We’ve successfully entered the country with all 3 cars, all 8 people, and even celebrated last night with a little airag, warm food, and a night in a ger for the best night’s sleep we’ve had in a while!

Unfortunately, we’re probably parting ways with Brad because his flight is a little earlier than we think we can make it to UB, but the rest of us will be booking it to the capital as soon as we can.

Crossing our fingers that all 3 cars make it to UB (we temporarily lost a muffler yesterday) so send good karma our way!!

2nd Russian border entry – DONE!

Flying Milkbottle Stencil

Flying Milkbottle Stencil

Woohoo! For whatever reason, crossing into Russia was significantly easier the 2nd time around…No questions about our car insurance, registration, the cow skull on our car…nothing! The Kazakh guards even stopped searching our cars after the first one saying “we believe in you – go” so perhaps we should’ve taken that as a good sign from the border gods ūüôā . After¬†the¬†Russians¬†let¬†us¬†thru,¬†we¬†rewarded¬†ourselves¬†with¬†a¬†hearty¬†meal,¬†a¬†mini¬†border¬†jig,¬†and¬†hopped¬†back¬†on the¬†highway for the¬†next 6 hrs¬†or so ’til¬†we¬†got to Barnaul. Spent the night in Barnaul and now spending our last couple of days in Russia. Cross your fingers the police don’t take interest in us this time around!

“Same same in the face!” – Everyday Kazakh conversations with Zoya

Hotel Security Guard
“Good morning!”
“Good morning!”
“What are you doing in Kazakhstan?”
“We are driving to Mongolia.”
“What is your name?”
“Zoya. Nice to meet you.”
“Oh! That is Russian name! You speak Russian? Where you from?”
“No, sorry, I don’t. I’m from the USA”
“What are you doing in Kazakhstan with Russian name?”
“My parents named me Zoya…they liked the name.”
“Oh. I hear you are from New York. Are you Manhattan or Brooklyn?”
“Manhattan”
“What are you doing in Kazakhstan with Russian name from Manhattan?”
“I don’t know. What is your name?”
“John.”
“What are you doing in Kazakhstan with an English name?”
“[shrugs] Bye! Good luck!”

Highway project director (Mr. Eric)
[lots of motions and hands around the face area] “We are sister and brother! You are Kazakh!”
“No, I’m American.”
“No, you are Kazakh!”
“No, sorry, I’m not.”
“You are driving to Mongolia. Maybe you are Mongol”
“No, my mother is Korean and my father is American”
“Ah…American man plus Korean woman equals Kazakh! See? Same same in the face! Let us take photo to show American and Kazakh together!”

Lots of pictures

We’ve taken loads and loads of pictures but our internet connections are often spotty at best so here are a mix of pics that we’ll probably have to explain later ūüôā enjoy! we’ll try to sort things out in a bit…

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Paul and Zoya getting ready to cross into Dunkerque

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Yes, this vodka is called "respect yourself"

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Our bread and cheese diet has done wonders for getting us back into our "skinny" jeans

Obviously how we should have decorated our cars...

Obviously how we should have decorated our cars...

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Annie and Paul doing their best parking lot waltz

The Micra Army

The Micra Army

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Brad's secret identity...pregnant suitcase toting Russian spy

Brad's secret identity...pregnant suitcase toting Russian spy

Final domes of St Petersburg.

Final domes of St Petersburg.

First of several run-ins with Russian police

First of several run-ins with Russian police

Moscow Morning

Moscow Morning

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