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Ása Steinarsdóttir
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Travel Blogging for fun, 35 Countries Across 4 Continents, Working as tour guide in Turkey
Travel Blogging for fun, 35 Countries Across 4 Continents, Working as tour guide in Turkey

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Snapchat: FromIceToSpice! Hey snappers...Let's connect :D

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Hello #KualaLumpur! :) So beautiful at night!

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Wow air is giving free flight ticket to #Iceland ! :) Enter here to win it! 

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Wow air is giving away 2 free flight tickets to #Iceland   :)

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Meeting the reindeer herders in #Mongolia was definitely one of our highlights from our 1 year travels in #Asia !

"The next day we rode whole day through empty grasslands and muddy larch forests. Before dawn the forest opened up, and at a distance we saw a community of around 20 tents and hundred or so reindeers at the bottom of the valley. It was an amazing feeling to be finally here in such complete remoteness.

Upon arrival we were invited to one of the families for some reindeer milk tea, sourdough bread with homemade blueberry jam, highly appreciated after 6 hours of riding. We were surprised when we entered their tent; living standards were not the most luxurious; one solar panel for light, a stove in the middle, and only half of the floor grounds was covered with a mat, the rest was wild grass.

There were no tables or chairs, no furniture to talk of really. It was inspiring to see these simple living standards. We had expected the camp to be a bit touristy but our experience was the opposite; during the 3 nights we stayed, we only encountered 3 or 4 other tourists in the whole camp, most of them staying for one night.

The Tsaatan people seem to live their life like they always have; herding and living of their reindeers. Already at 6 am you can see the women milking their reindeers. They don’t get much milk each time; only one cup from each reindeer. I guess they have to leave some milk for the calves as well. When preparing milk tea they usually thin it with a lot of water, so one cup seems to go a long way. The men take care of most of the herding, chopping wood, and collecting berries from the woods, while the women take care of the milking and cooking.

Not only do the reindeers provide the community with food, they also ride them for transport from one camp to the other, and to carry loads or drag wood logs from the forest. The kids start riding them as early as 1-2 years old. At one point we saw one of the families preparing to ride to Tsaaganuur on their reindeers to vaccinate their baby daughter. Her sister, 3 years old, was sitting alone on her reindeer, but strapped safely so she couldn’t fall. The sight will be difficult to forget.

In the #Tsaatan community everything seems to evolve around the reindeers. We asked our translator, Gana, if they eat reindeer meat. He replied “yes, everyday”, without asking our hosts. We quickly found out that our translator was kind of useless. Often when asked to translate he seemed reluctant to ask, and often made an answer that he thought was true.

Later that day we found out from a French guy that had been living within the community for about a month that they mostly eat reindeer products like cheese, yogurt and milk, along with sheep meat. They rarely eat the reindeers themselves; only when sick or too old can they be sacrificed for meat. The reindeer population in the taiga has been shrinking the last decade due to harsh weather conditions but luckily they’re numbers have started to rise again due to private and governmental initiatives. Eating them everyday would certainly wipe them out quickly."

-Continue at: http://fromicetospice.com/mongolia/visiting-the-tsaatan-reindeer-herders-of-mongolia/

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It feels great to be finally back in #Iceland! :) #Travel   #Europe  
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Visit one of the black volcanic beaches on the south shore. My favourite one is at Ingólfshöfði, by the roots of Vatnajökull glacier. The landscape is breathtaking and makes for some dramatic pictures.  To get to the beach you need to…

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New blog post: Top 7 places you must visit in England! :) #travel   #traveltips   #monday   #mondaymotivation   #wanderlust  
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