What initially started as a ten-day visit to Mongolia quickly turned into a fourteen-day one after I arrived because I was so taken with the country.  I was lucky enough to travel with a group led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), visiting national parks within a couple hours' drive of Ulaan Baatar, Kazak communities in the Altai Mountains, and the beautiful and legendary Gobi.  Spectacular is the first word that comes to mind, and something

Much ado about Mongolia

As Carrie returns from Ulaanbaatar tomorrow armed with hundreds, if not thousands, of photos and pages of information from her fabulous trip, we thought it'd be nice to get a little background on what exactly makes the nation of Mongolia so great.