In this episode Romesh Ranganathan travels to Mongolia – a country which he has almost no prior knowledge of, save for the fact that it is famously in the middle of nowhere. Landing in the capital Ulaanbaatar, Rom spends a week exploring this vast nation, guided by local entrepreneur and TV host Ider Od, seeing an enormous statue of the country’s iconic Genghis Kahn, visiting an energy centre in the middle of the desert and finding out how nomadic people meet a future partner, when their nearest eligible neighbour might live 100 miles away. Along the way he will take in ancient Shaman rituals, bizarre mystery statues, try his hand at Mongolian wrestling and take part in his own “vegan” Eagle hunting trip. But Romesh will also encounter a country of contradictions. It full of vast empty open spaces and yet Ulaanbaatar has traffic calming measures to control the unbearable congestion. It is the most sparsely populated country on earth – a vast wilderness, almost untouched by man.
Having seen the first series as well as the first episode of this season I can safely say that the quality of the humour has not decreased. The second series so far is funny and the type of entertainment you need. After every episode it leaves you wanting more ( most of the time), and you wish he was there for longer. Having always wanted to go to Mongolia, I can’t wait to see his verdict. But is there actually anything worth seeing there? And would he recommend it as a holiday destination?
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan is on BBC Two tonight at 09.00pm
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