The other two cabin mates were Rosie and Jacob from UK who were on a year's travel.I headed to the dining carriage for lunch with the plan to use the remaining Mongolian Tugrik money. When I got to the dining car, I saw that all of the dining tables were occupied and the waiter asked a group of three if I could join them. They agreed. It turns out that they were a Finnish family where the son was accompanying his parents on the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow to Beijing. The son was a middle school teacher who was planning a future trip around the US with his two daughters and wife.
It was a set meal that cost about $25 so I used up my 42,000 Mongolian Tugrik. If I eat there again, it will cost me $25 USD since they do not accept Visa on this Mongolian dining car. At least I will not have Mongolian money that other countries do not accept.
Occasionally we would see some mining operations.
Klara and Flo have joined our carriage room while we pass through the Gobi.
Rosie and Jacob are spending their time editing their thousands of photos. It turns out that they had seen a mini Nadam festival. They saw a horse race of children that was greeted by roars from all the friends and family members. They also watched the Mongolian wrestlers in their speedos who spent their time grappling with each other until one of them is tossed to the ground. The big Nadam festival occurs near Ulaanbaatar in early July.
They gave me some of their lunch fixings since the would not be any dining car until after we crossed the boarder to China. It was a delicious open face sandwich of cheese, pate, cukes, and tomatos. Delicious!