‘Are we sleeping in a tent tonight?’
Our driver answers in his best English; ‘No, no tent! Ger!’
Ok, point taken, a ger is not a tent.
So what is a ger? A ger is also called a yurt. And is a round shaped traditional Mongolian
‘house’ (due to lack of a better word, as we are not allowed to call it a tent). There is a wooden frame (similar to a tent frame), covered with sheep’s wool. And the outside is covered with plastic, to make it waterproof, like the cover of a ……. I wanna say tent…….
As the Mongolians are Nomads, a ger is easy to assemble and dismantle. Much like, you guessed it; a tent!
Once inside though it is a different story. The inside is covered with brightly coloured fabric. There are pictures of the Dalai Lama , budda statues and the Mona Lisa. In one ger there was even a picture of Prince William and Kate!
There are full sizes beds, a sink (but no running water), a freezer (but no electricity), carpets, chairs and tables. Ok, I get it, it is more like a house.
A family will have multiple gers. One will be used as the family room, the other as the kitchen and the third as a bedroom.
The family offered us their ‘bedroom’. We were unable to find out where they slept, as the rest of the gers did not have beds in them.
We also stayed in ger camps, which consists of a larger group of gers.
Make sure you remember the colour of your door, because after a midnight visit to the wonderful toilets I struggled to find my ger.
Once I managed to find it and got back into bed I could hear the sounds from the outside and saw the moonlight through the cover. So beautiful. Just like as if you are in a tent.