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Continuing from my last post.

After the giggling girl was photographed, more people wanted to have their picture taken, but at first this lady did not want to go, hiding her mouth behind her hand. But anyway, most of the older people thought that having your picture taken is a serious business, and they will not laugh or smile. I could not persuade her to look to the left or right, just straight into the camera. These are not the portraits I would like so much to take, but the series that I made in this little camp, are special to me.
We drank Yak-tea and wodka. The wodka is very mild, about 20% at the most, and brewed from milk, as almost everything they use is based on milk. I know you can brew booze from all kinds of things, but I had never heard about milk.
The people are very kind and hospitable.

The pile that you see behind the woman, is a pile of dung. They gather the dung to heat the stoves with. It does not last very long, and it does not give much warmth, but they have no choice as there is no wood. Life in and near the Gobi is a tough life.

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