Today the ever suffering Baggy – my faithful translator, confidante and friend – took me to the inauguration of the new president of Mongolia. It was a period of much pomp and circumstance with units from most parts of the army. Luckily we managed to watch from Dave’s Place – the bar – see elsewhere. We managed lunch as well as a parade, although I must admit I think Baggy felt a little uncomfortable eating at such an august occasion and in front of the old folks crowded into the bar area to watch from a slightly higher vantage point. The only really uncomfortable part of the day was the old Russian/Chinese style of marching. The goosestep still reminds one of too many bad things from the past.
The Mongolian units though were really well drilled and performed well. The band that played was excellent and a highlight for me was watching the band run, in step, half the length of the square at one point, instruments in hand. Thanks Baggy – this day I really enjoyed 🙂