August 18: Departure -- A Last Day in UB

Our last full day in Mongolia was filled with sightseeing, shopping, and packing in UB.

Stops included the National Museum of Mongolian History, the Black Market, the State Dept. Store, Gandan Khiid (housing the impressive golden Migjid Janraisig Buddha), and a richly varied dance and music performance.

Dinner was with Ursie's friend Jes, who in the week to come would hold Ursie's hand while she got her tattoo (her name in classical Mongolian script) on the small of her back.

It was hard to say good-bye.