The first 6 months in pictures
A handful of the TEFL volunteers from California
I guess you could say I haven’t been inspired to write much since my last blog posting, so in the meantime I’ve been trying to get some pictures uploaded for your viewing pleasure. While you peruse the first 6 months of my life in Mongolia, hopefully I’ll get some more detailed and exciting posts up this week. Winter is over, I’m out of hibernation and there are more Mongolian adventures to be had. Also these pictures are all completely out of order!
Our first dinner together in UB after months apart
The 3 people I couldn’t do this without
Our Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner
Some good ole’ American football on Thanksgiving Day
the M23’s (my cohort) versus the M22’s (last years’ cohort)
We lost : (
Tosontsengel. My first stop on my journey North
Winter in Mongolia
2 School Workers hanging out in my ger during the Winterization process
My little khasha duu (little brother) assisting
Just about the final step in ger winterization
My wood pile… which only lasted me into about December
The winter felt layer
The waterproof layer
My ger ping is so heavy it took all these people to try & move it. I don’t think they made it more than a foot.
My winter view from my ger
At a wedding with my Director & Counterpart
Teacher’s from my school
Some of my Soum landscape
One of the teacher’s sons who just has the most precious face. He kept dipping his finger into this bucket of airag (fermented mare’s milk).
Me & my Counterpart at the start of the school year ceremony
A group of student’s performance
At my first Mongolian wedding
Our last day together
All of us in our Mongolian clothing after the Swearing-In Ceremony
My closest friend through summer with her host family
Me & my host sister
Our Language & Culture Facilitators during Pre-Service Training on our last night in Darkhan
All of our host families gathered the morning we left for the last time
The sunrise my last morning in Eroo
One last gorgeous view of my home for the last 3 months
Me, Sam, & Andrea with our Host Moms at the “going away” party they threw us
Our Mongolian buffet
All the Mongolian women chipping in to make dinner
Some goofy faces for our last night in town
My first time chopping wood!
Visiting a local Shaman
My adorable little host sister, Tilmuh
The piglets running around
A beautiful day out of the river
A genuine Sunkist orange!
Our Nadam stadium
Tilmuh’s 1st Birthday Party
This cute little Mongolian girl who danced with us all night
Heath dancing with one of Sarah’s little khashaa sisters
The winning horse!
Nadam Racing Horses
Some traditional Mongolian wrestlers
The lead up to the match
All decked out for Nadam
Visiting Amarbayasgalant Monastery
The Eroo River at sunset
Our host families came to training one day to share about their Peace Corps Volunteer
The mountains on the 4th of July
Tilmuh at Grandma’s House
The family pig with her new set of piglets
One of Sarah’s little khashaa duu’s
Nakhia & Tilmuh
My host mom making dinner
Visiting the river for the first time
Cheers! Our first night together at our training site
Just some horses hanging out
Our destination: The Ovoo (shrine) at the end of the hike
Hiking the mountain our first weekend in town
The view of Eroo from above
Some local livestock
One of the “holy” sites in our town
My name in Cyrillic!
My host family!
My Welcome Meal
My little house!
My digs for 3 months
I so miss this bed!
Meeting our host families for the first time
All the host families waiting for us!
Our training group stopped on the way to our home for the next 3 months
My host Dad (& driver) & his blinged out meeker
Even though we lost it was still a fun day in the snow