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Mongolia (not bicycling for once):

The marriage scene illustrates in my view the different cultural waves that Mongolia had experienced since World War I. To begin with, Chinggis Khan in the background: this symbol of Mongolian identity was only reinstated after the revolution of 1988-1990. Before that a rigid Moscow inspired communist regime imposed Lenin instead. A pilgrimage of the wedding party to a state monument (the bride in white, the groom in black) recalls the former influence of Moscow. The older members of the family show their traditional Nomad costumes, the colorful, long-sleeved dell and hat. A trace of the Buddhist past is the orange belt. And then a last discovery: jeans and high heel stiefelettes remind us that Ulaan Baatar has become a modern metropolis with a keen eye to Western styles.

The snow flakes add an air of chilliness that stands in contrast to the gay colors.

May Mongolians forgive me if my interpretation of the picture seems wrong to them, and may they say so.

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