Sunday, June 28, 2009

My chilly weekend

So I know I haven't written much on here since arriving in Mongolia - so maybe I'll leave a quick note about my weekend...

I managed to spend the night at Kara's place on Friday night (try explaining that in a foreign language - even though it is allowed, it's still difficult to get across). I woke up Saturday morning, had some breakfast with Kara which included Cocoa Puffs in a cup of hot milk. I then took off for my place at about 10am. Typically I'd get home and expect lunch to be started, but on this particular day we had no power. My guess is this had to do with the howling winds of the past 48 hours. Needless to say, we didn't have the ability to cook anything. So my host mother throws us in her car at 3pm, drives us across town to a co-workers' Ger (small round felt tent) to feed us. I was given the biggest bowl of soup (seriously, think X-Large bowl at a Pho shop) and the rest of the family each got one small tea cup of soup. Fun times...

We enjoyed the rest of the evening in a quiet, tv-less, cold environment. But I have to say I enjoyed the experience. Sometimes I laugh at the weather here - I laugh because I feel like I'll never be prepared for it. For example, Wednesday I got sunburned in the 75+ degree sun, and Saturday I froze in the 35 degree wind and cloud-cover. Seriously, my host sister said it might snow today. It's already happened once since we've been here...

Kara's post did a great job of explaining a typical day. I'll try bringing some video of what we've been up to the next time I make it to the Post office / Internet cafe.

2 comments:

Andrea said...

Your stories are very entertaining - my favorite part is the hygiene lesson (Kara, I am sending you baby wipes TOMORROW) and the overnighter. OF COURSE. How the hell did you swing that one?? I must say...you make me proud.

Please let us know how/where to mail to you, if that even makes sense at your temporary location. Afterall, I have to know where to send those baby wipes....

LOVE YOU BOTH!!!

Thanking God I can't smell you
(okay, and that you're safe...),

Andrea

Anonymous said...

Mom, Uncle Mel and Aunt Marilyn are at our house watching 4th of July fireworks and we read your blog! What a hoot! We LOVE your room! Keep up the posting. We are enjoying them for sure!!!

Love Jeanne, Mary, Uncle Mel and Aunt Marilyn