Ger is a Mongolian word for yurt. In Mongolian, the word ger also means home.

Does happiness depend on how many rooms or how much you have?

When I say I grew up in a ger some people think poverty. Well, I never starved of love.


My parents still live in this ger in rural Mongolia.

Here are some fun facts of growing up in a ger:

  • You never feel alone.
  • You are always in the same house wherever you move house.
  • There is no bed time different from adults.
  • You can see the stars through the window on top.
  • Everyone eats together facing each other because of the round shape.
  • In the summer, you can ‘see through’ the wall once the felt covers lifted up.
  • You can pretend you are asleep and eavesdrop adults’ conversation.
  • You can never be sent to your room.
  • You can grill marshmallows any day you want in the stove.