Back somewhere in the near distant past .. was it April .. I got a calling to go to Mongolia. I finally did a Post on May 6th 2015 showing where Mongolia is with several of Andrej’s nifty maps repeated below for your convenience.


The balloon below points to the capital of Mongolia .. Ulaanbaatar .. or UB for short. I could not show the entire country and the capital’s name at the same time. If I zoomed one-click closer I can show the name Ulaanbaatar but not all of Mongolia.


Last Saturday I began to explore getting a ticket to fly to Ulaanbaatar on July 16th. It was significant that last Saturday was also June the 6th .. also known to the world as D-Day when the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy France and began the final push to end WW II in the European Theater.

I had my own D-Day with the web site of Mongolian Airlines! The international airline symbol for Mongolian Airlines is MIAT (said as me-at). Unlike the allied forces at Normandy who landed and moved ashore .. I was swept back out to sea as I attempted .. with absolutely no success whatsoever .. to navigate the MIAT web site.

My buddy Simon dutifully noted that .. “Cap! You are dealing here with Mongolian Airlines!”

Now for Saintly patience.  Back I have STORMED onto my Mongolian Airlines ‘beach’ and I have SUCCESSFULLY BOOKED and I have paid for my trip to Mongolia leaving Thursday July 16th with a return to Hong Kong on Monday August 3rd. I have my window seats reserved and have printed out my electronic ticket information.

More details of Ulaanbaatar ..


My renewed efforts with Mongolian Airlines were a 10+ on a 0 to 10 scale. They must have been having some generic website problems last Saturday.

More to follow .. Smiles .. Cap ..

6 thoughts on “JUN 9, 15 .. PATIENCE OF A SAINT .. MONGOLIAN AIRLINES .. aka MIAT ..

  1. Patti

    YEA!!! Perseverance pays off once again. You are now booked to Mongolia, you have your electronic ticket, you have your seats selected. It pays to keep going back, going back again, and going back again, until it seems MIAT says, “Sigh, this guy is NOT going to give up … let’s issue him a ticket.” I am very happy for you to have accomplished this! Love, Patti

    1. cap chastain

      I am happy .. or perhaps I should say that I am RELIEVED to have this set up. Now I can look into the hotel situation. This certainly was step one in the process. One of the ‘musts’ is YOU MUST persevere when dealing with on-line transactions. Much Love .. Cap ..

  2. Shaddy Peters

    Yay…your trip plans succeeded due to your persistence. I’d say you are officially a Mentally Strong individual. You don’t need the book I’ve been plugging on my blog. :)


    1. cap chastain

      I may not need the book Shaddy but I sure appreciate your efforts to bring it to the attention of your followers. Thanks ..

  3. Jeanne Waite Follett

    Well, congrats on your success. I envy your trip to Mongolia. Will you have time to visit the reindeer people?

    In the news here today is the story of health officials trying to track down all the people a Fairbanks man may have come in contact with as he journeyed from Mongolian to Fairbanks with measles.

    So, take care.

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