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Bride kidnapping, in general, is specific to the Kazakh community. It's not what Western communities would imagine of kidnapping, in that the woman's family is often aware of it happening and indeed (and terribly) their knowledge of it is used to help pressure the woman into agreeing via social isolation and exclusion. It's largely ritualized and does not ...


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I can't comment on Mongolia but people generally love receiving hard copy photos if you can provide them. On one trip I took a small portable printer capable of 6 x 4 prints. (HP Photosmart). 1.2 kg - more if rechargeable battery fitted + paper + ink - so some commitment involved. This takes some effort and weight and volume (probably 2kg all up with ...


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The first steps in learning to write calligraphy is understanding the basic writing system. For that @Bathrobe's site is great. Also check out StudyMongolian.net. This is more intended for teaching spoken Mongolian, but all of the lessons include the traditional written script. You could use it to learn to read and write. When you want to get more artistic, ...


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There's no legal reason a driver and/or guide are required. But, it's advisable. Mongolia is empty. The size of western Europe, and then some, with 1-2 million people living outside of the capital, you're likely to find absolutely nothing, if you go for a long drive. A guide will know where to go and how to get there. But, will also be able to talk to the ...


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You have a problem. According to the page on the Russian Embassy in Ulaanbaatar in order for you to obtain a Russian visa there: To apply for any category of visas except transit, one must have a long-term registration in Mongolia (“Alien registration card” valid for 1 year). There are exceptions in the following 2 paragraphs for various countries ...


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When I was in Mongolia last summer, no one outside of UB spoke any language beyond Mongolian (and even in UB, it's pretty tough). However, you should note that the Mongolian alphabet is the same as the Russian one since that was imposed by the USSR back in the day, and has stuck since. + I agree with what @Tom said.


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As of 2013, Turkish Airlines started flying to Ulan Bator directly from Istanbul, or on some days via Bishkek. Depending on the exact days of travel, that might be the cheapest connection from Europe.


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The places where children have easy access to dentists and toothbrushes are generally the places where children have easy access to candy and don't need or particularly want any from you. If you came to Canada to see Niagara Falls or the Rocky Mountains and were handing candy to any Canadian children you saw, people wouldn't think you were being at all ...


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In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Kamchatsky Peninsula was settled by Cossack tribes and established a lasting presence there. Not Mongolia, but qualifies as an Asian locale. Source: Google Maps, fair use Their descendants are found there today and constitute a unique ethnic group. Source: Yuri Kozyrev, Far East Russia | Noor, fair use. The ...



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