On the side of the road, somewhere in Mongolia…
Guide: “the vulture is really heavy, perhaps it is better if you hold the eagle.”
Me (Amanda): “no, it’s cool. I have big muscles” (showing bicep).
Guide: “are you sure? It is REALLY heavy.”
Me: “yeah I’m sure.”
The guide gives me the glove and gets the vulture to stand on my arm. It is like lifting a full water jerry up to shoulder height with one arm. The bird is almost as big as a small car!! (Note the car in the photo background…). Anyway, after only a few seconds, it becomes quickly apparent that it is TOO HEAVY and I start to waiver. The vulture senses this and gets antsy. I get antsy that the bird is going to grab hold of the next most stable “perch” – my neck. The guide steps in and helps me out.
Guide (muttering in Mongolian): “your muscles are crap”.
(This adventure was part of a bigger adventure catching the train from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian!)