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  • Living in Mongolia Part ll - Traveller's Tales
    roads weaving mile after mile through endless mountain passes and boundless plains After two days of exhilarating and exhausting off road travelling we finally crested the hill overlooking our long anticipated destination The setting sun cast an incredible light over the magnificent landscape Horses were serenely grazing in the grass along the shore of the crystal clear water of Lake Khovsgol Mongolia s beloved Mother Lake Brightly colored metal roofed cabins softly glowed in the valley of the charming lakeside village The moment I arrived in this indescribable place I drew that long deep kind of breath that knows you are where you are supposed to be doing what you were born to do and exhaled that slow sigh of relief that whispers Home sweet home Trina fell in love with Lake Khovsgol News spread quickly of this strange American family that had requested permission to live in their notoriously cold northern town But the land was lush with spring and the winter frozen tundra far from our minds As soon as the Governor granted his approval we headed to our designated spot just outside of town Tucked in a small oval clearing in the larch pines overlooking the sparkling turquoise lake we erected our traditional Mongolian tents one for us and one for our language teacher Tungaa and her daughter Lkhamaa Jesse and Mickey building the ger With the help of our four elated children the ger building process began by laying out the floorboard sections in puzzle like fashion on the grass Once the circle floor was complete the wooden lattice walls were raised and tied together with the door facing south east toward the sun Two beautifully hand carved pillars symbolic of the mother and father of the family were set in the middle to hold up the central frame A sturdy circular beam held each of the rafter poles that spanned from the center of the ger to the outside walls like the spokes of a wagon wheel Then blankets of hand felted sheep wool were draped over the finished structure followed by a water proof canvas The final product was held altogether with horse hair ropes wrapped around the belly of the coziest most lovely living space we had ever seen The wood stove was set inside and a warm fire built before the truck was unloaded with our few belongings The ger takes shape thanks to a team effort What a monumental night when we lay down together for the very first time staring at the exquisitely painted poles and pillars overhead surrounded by our sleeping young The star studded sky danced in the distance casting soft light through the opening at the top of the ger I felt utterly at home even though we had travelled literally unto the ends of the earth The cosy gers which became home to the Cofer family If Trina s incredible story has inspired you to visit Mongolia contact our office on 44 0 1608 676821 info

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  • Why Do You Travel? The Inspiration Behind Panoramic Journeys
    Rajan the elephant There are still places I have yet to explore in the countries we offer holidays to horse and camel trekking in the south west of Mongolia Northern Bhutan and the Mergui Archipelago in Burma Who inspires you K Dalai Lama David Attenborough J Karina and Derek Moore the co founder of Explore who pretty much invented adventure travel Sunrise in the wilderness at Khentii Aimag Mongolia Which books are on your bedside table K Buddhist Offerings 365 Days by Danielle Olivier Follmi A House in Fez Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morrocco by Suzanna Clarke Child of our Time by Tessa Livingstone Bel Canto by Ann Patchett J The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason The Great Wall by John Man and The Modern History of Mongolia by C R Bawden If you weren t running a successful travel company what would you be doing K I d be a documentary filmmaker J Running an unsuccessful one Which 3 words describe you best K Conscientious juggler optimist J Freddie says I m tall happy and silly He s probably right Karina and James and his impressive beard in the early years of Panoramic Journeys inspirational journeys passion for travel PJ interview Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet 7 Responses to Why Do You Travel The Inspiration Behind Panoramic Journeys Trina Cofer says November 21 2013 at 1 37 pm Ten years ago this September Mickey and I and our four children began our journey in Mongolia We will never forget meeting you two Blessed to know you and so grateful you have made your dreams come true Happy 10th Anniversary Panoramic Journeys admin says November 22 2013 at 11 36 am Thank you Trina for your lovely words Can you believe a whole decade has passed Very best wishes from us all at PJ Ian johnson says November 23 2013 at 8 42 am Similarly for me you gave me memories I treasure on a daily basis and you provide a constant inspiration Many congratulations Ian admin says November 23 2013 at 9 23 am Thank you Ian it is guests like you that make our job so special very best wishes from us all at PJ Ashwinlee says January 1 2014 at 11 31 am Well if we talk about panoramic journey then we read history of such place A panorama is any wide angle view or representation of a physical space whether in painting drawing photography film or a three dimensional model If we wish to enjoy memorable travel then we must visited in are market in Panoramic Panoramic paintings and models became a very popular way to represent landscapes and historical events All are famous in all around the world especially for tourist It is just like an attraction ABIJAH says January 1 2014 at 12 12 pm Bhutan offers the world s beautiful places to visit last year i have been visited that country with my

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  • Mongolia, Bhutan and Burma come to the Heart of England: The PJ 10th Anniversary Party - Traveller's Tales
    cyberspace Accompanied by her evocative photographs and her unwavering passion she talked us through PJ s first ten years Tuppence Stone then spoke about filming in Mongolia for the BBC s Human Planet series a fascinating insight into the challenges faced by the camera crew and John Hare told us all about the wonderful work that the Wild Camel Protection Foundation undertake We are delighted to have raised 197 for the WCPF thanks to the generosity of our raffle ticket buying party guests Freddy Peter and Zander We enjoyed a delicious chocolate birthday cake for tea made by James mother Jan and then Malcolm Arthur rounded off the day with a most amusing talk on his trip to to see the eclipse in Mongolia in 2008 and to Burma in 2012 Thank you to all our PJ guests We are very grateful to all our friends who made it such a special day by coming to celebrate the anniversary of our first 10 years A particular thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a success especially Simon and Becca Moreton at Wethele Manor Jenny and all the team at Naylor Fine Foods Jan Moreton Rebecca and Joseph of Joseph s Amazing Camels Mike at Cotswold Falconry Centre Michael Ormiston Tuppence Stone John Hare Malcolm Arthur and all the PJ team Thank you all for helping in your own ways to bring Mongolia Bhutan and Burma alive for all our guests Here s to the next 10 years bringing Distant Lands Close Up There are more photographs of our 10th Birthday Party in the guest gallery on our website Archery Bhutan Burma camel ger golden eagle Human Planet michael ormiston milk tea mongolia saker falcon throat singing tuppence stone wethele manor wild camel protection foundation Did

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS:Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up - Traveller's Tales
    chocolate biscuit cake So they went slightly off menu but gosh we re not complaining Thank you Ed Georgie for a lovely lunch and for keeping us amused with stories of Granny making meringues in the airing cupboard Picnic lunch Mongolia Word from our Woman in Mongolia is that the country has been celebrating two firsts this week Mongolian mountaineer Gotovdorj Usukhbayar reached the North Pole on Saturday April 20th and raised the Mongolian State flag at around 20 30pm Mongolian local time President Tsakhia Elbegdorj said of the achievement We hope every Mongolian s spirit will be inspired with the good news of this historical voyage I am very happy that the Mongolian people now can be proud of Mongolians reaching the North Pole for the first time And equally exciting was the news that Mongolia s first 6kg baby that s an eye wateringly impressive 13 2 pounds was born this week to Mrs Narantuyan in Murun Huvsgul Aimag Boloroo tells us that both the mother and her little baby boy are doing well Bhutan The big news from Bhutan this week has been the elections Bhutan was an absolute monarchy until 2008 when the first parliamentary elections took place On Tuesday the country went to the polls for only the second time to elect members of the National Council the upper house of Parliament The National Assembly or the lower house will be decided in June Burma Burma is becoming such a popular destination This week Jade has had requests from clients wanting to travel out of season as prices are halved and all the best hotels are available It is also a great opportunity to attend the Chinlone Festival held in July Chinlone is a combination of sport and dance a non competetive game played as a team but with no opposition The aim is not to win but to partake beautifully together It is strangely mesmerising to watch so we thought we d show you a clip PJ guest Gary Bennett had this to say of his recent trip to Burma The trip was very well planned and executed The Myanmar guide was superb as was the driver Nothing was too much trouble for him and his manner was always happy and helpful Best of all he was continually finding spontaneous events in the villages and cities in addition to the itinerary The ladies on the trip commented how handsome he looked in his Longhi and how his manners were superb This was the best holiday I have ever had Panoramic Journeys the UK team Have a sunny weekend and look forward to seeing you all at Wethele Manor on Sunday Every Friday we bring you the PJ news from Distant Lands and Close Up what s been happening in Mongolia Bhutan and Burma and what we ve been up to in our UK office in the Cotswolds A little insight into the workings of a small travel company Bhutan bhutan elections Burma chinlone ger

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS:Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up - Traveller's Tales
    blessings Once completed they are then destroyed the sand swept from the edge to the centre of the mandala serving as a reminder of the transitory nature of material life before being swept up into an urn and dispersed into flowing water a way of extending the healing powers to the whole world Fascinating stuff Soyabeans sent to our Oxfordshire office by Sandra And from Burma we were tickled to receive a gift of some soya beans from PJ friend Sandra who has managed to travel incognito to a region where they are grown and to which we have yet to be allowed access Here in the UK Karina has had an important meeting with the BBC getting the green light for a big natural history shoot She is fast becoming an expert on the Jerboa She also met with Jane Blunden who is the author of the Bradt Travel guide to Mongolia Together we are designing a very special photographic journey for an Austrian couple We are delighted to be a sponsor of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival which runs over the next few days from 18 21st of April Appropriately our sponsored event is a discussion on Extreme Travel Kath and Jade have been busy welcoming home and gathering feedback from various groups returning from both Bhutan and Burma We are delighted that they all had some amazing experiences and we are already working on incorporating some suggestions into our next journeys The PJ team have already dusted off their outfits ready for the party Things are reaching fever pitch in preparation for our Big Party on 28th April at Wethele Manor The mystery guest has had the hump but we re hoping it won t be the last straw Come and join the fancy dress parade a

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  • HOW TO PARTY IN MONGOLIA, BHUTAN AND BURMA... - Traveller's Tales
    itself on wild rhubarb without a care for predators so making it an easy shot for an eagle eyed Mongol The critter is stuffed with red hot stones which cook it from the inside out The rich meat is eaten with fingers around the camp fire when in the remote mountains of the Mongolian heartland For us it really is the taste of a pre expedition celebration And an interesting twist after dinner the hot marmotted stones are passed around to give good health to the holder Jade how do they do things in Burma Well they do not have a culture of celebrating birthdays although the younger people have adopted foreign practices and might have a birthday cake and invite friends and relatives Older people will go to the Pagoda and do meritorious deeds on special days On New Year s Eve there is a grand fireworks display musical performances food stalls hundreds of revellers dancing New Year s Eve Burma And Kath what are parties like in Bhutan In the past Bhutanese birthdays were rarely celebrated although now like Burma they have taken up the Western tradition of gifts and parties especially for kids Among the older generation particularly in the countryside many people still do not really know their age Where there is a tradition of re incarnation it seems to have less importance The attitude is something like in the wheel of life age is just a number for this present existence so it s not accurate or relevant Dancing Bhutan Most celebrations in Bhutan are for religious reasons Traditionally families gather for a meal of thup porridge at breakfast time and suja butter tea irrespective of their status Traditionally games like khuru darts doegor throwing circular stones a bit like a discus archery the national sport or soksom bamboo javelin throwing at a target are played but some of these traditions are also dying out now If it is dry people will go for a picnic with a packed lunch taking the Bhutanese favourite emma datse chilies and cheese as well as kewa datse potatoes with dates shakam dried meat and nyakam dried fish Offerings are made and people dance and sing helped along by ara a home brewed Bhutanese alcohol made with wheat maize rice or millet Blessed Rainy Day in September is an important family celebration It marks the last day rain will fall until the spring and the start of winter and the whole family take a hot stone bath together and the adults drink ara Traditionally because of the cold this would be the last full bath before the cold of winter sets in and they wouldn t bathe again until the spring Sabrina Soares who has worked as a teacher in Bhutan has written very movingly about this party on her blog Well if the parties the team have described in Mongolia Burma and Bhutan are anything to go by the PJ birthday celebrations in Warwickshire on 28th April look

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  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY PJ! Bringing Distant Lands Close Up for 10 years... - Traveller's Tales
    stay and where they were going to put all these people It turned out to be another fabulous event His Excellency Mr Davaasambuu played chess extremely well with all the guests and a jolly time was had by all So when it came to arranging our 10 th birthday party this year we knew we needed to do something special Much like our first party in 2003 we will be having an exhibition of photographs and a feast of Mongolian food and music and we are thrilled that Michael Ormiston is coming back to sing for us all again There will be loads of other fun things going on an archery contest and a ger dismantling competition to name but a few so do come along and join us There are more details here on our website As part of our 10 year celebrations we are going to be revisiting some of our favourite trips 10 Journeys over the next 10 months We will be posting regular features on our blog with memories and photographs from guests that have travelled with us over the last decade and we will be showcasing our guides and staff so you ll get to know a little more about us We will also be introducing many of the sustainable development projects we are working on in Mongolia Bhutan and Burma and showing you how you can get involved We hope we will paint you an intimate portrait of the countries we love so much and that you ll come back each week for a good read We d love to hear from you so do please leave your comments and let us know what you think If you ve travelled with us before we are always keen to see your photos and hear about

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  • PJ's Monthly Roundup: July 2015 - Traveller's Tales
    to develop the skills that have an essential role in reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity Having just returned from another successful journey they are already planning their next visit A Google Street View member walks with a specialized camera to record the surroundings in the Mongolia PHOTO AFP Byambasuren Byamba Ochir AFP ABC Google Street View has found Mongolia Earlier this year the streets of Mongolia were being recorded in order for you to see the country better From the ice festival of Lake Khovsgol to the giant Buddha s Statue of Northern get a preview of where you would like to go or just check out the landscape and marvel at the technology And finally we are all looking forward to seeing Mongolia on the screen again soon through BBC Earth s Natural Wonders Living on the Edge as this fascinating country features as one of Earth s most amazing places Call us on 44 0 1608 676821 or come visit our teams For more information about Panoramic Journeys and their journeys in Mongolia Burma and Bhutan contact the team at info panoramicjourneys com or 44 0 1608 676821 BBC Earth s Natural Wonders Bhutan tailormade Burma tailormade Google street view midwifery Mongolia group trip Mongolia Naadam naadam festival projects in Mongolia Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name Email Website Comment PANORAMIC JOURNEYS Welcome Welcome to the Panoramic Journeys blog We hope it paints an intimate portrait of the countries we visit Mongolia Bhutan and Burma Here you will find stories and adventures useful information interesting facts and beautiful photographs And every month we bring you the travel news from our three destinations Take the Trip of a Lifetime Trips to BHUTAN Trips to BURMA Trips

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