Mongolian Sunset by Andy Smart
“Andy Smart quit the UK ten years ago and now lives in Beijing. So far he has visited half of China’s provinces recording each journey in his own unique streetwise style. He has also been a teacher since 1991 developing his own successful TEFL package for spoken English in the PRC.”
Andy’s About…on his blog site adds interest and a want to read more. Look at the photo of Andy setting up camp in the Khuren Uul Mountain Pass area near the Northern Mongolian/Russian border, and you know there is exciting adventure in his writing. Believe me, his travels had ups and downs, from his goodbye to the UK, his one way ticket to China, and his “mad-cap adventure winds its way through Tibet, the Yunnan, Guanxi, Sichuan and Shaanxi Provinces,” to his “Multi-entry trials and tribulations meandering across Chinese borders.”
The excerpt below is from Andy’s first published book, Just Turn Left at the Mountain. The blog post’s main focus is on his trek in Mongolia. After all, the featured sunset header’s a Mongolian Sunset, and today is Monday, the second of May. Monday was one of Andy’s stress free days nine years ago in the middle of Mongolia.
“ Another Monday! A crazy morning of river crossings in the jeep, down the Orlon River Valley to the Hangayn Naruu National Park. River crossings are just completely wicked by the way. A hike up the sacred mountain of Khairkhan Uul to the Tuukhen Monastery. Not a bad way to start the week hey! So peaceful high up in the mountains; eagles circling closely both above and below with thick endless forests and hills surrounding us somewhere in the middle of Mongolia. If only all Mondays could be this stress free we’d live a lot longer.” (Chapter 12 – Mongolia – Where the Eagle Hunters Live – page 273)
Andy has a second book in the works. It’s based on a long driving journey from Beijing through the Hexi Corridor, the Gansu and Qinghai provinces to Xinjang, then to Kashgar and back to Beijing via Xian. He will live 50% of the time out of the back of his jeep! It promises to be another fast moving adventure story on China’s open road. Until then…
Read Just Turn Left at the Mountain…written in entertaining, and somewhat strong language. Click on the link to visit his blog site, and find out where to buy the book.