Trucking through Mongolia.
by Claude Barutel
With the fall of the communist world, the awakening was pretty brutal for this immense country squeezed between China and Russia. With only 3 million inhabitants, significant mineral resources and a promising potential for tourism, Mongolia could glimpse a better future.
Its capital, Ulan Bator, swept by the winds of the steppe, is a huge construction site where buildings grow into the greatest anarchy. Vuitton even opened a shop in the city center, reflecting the dynamism of the economy.
Unfortunately, corruption at all levels and unbridled alcoholism suggest that the future is not as rosy as one might hope.
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