The first 6 months in pictures

A handful of the TEFL volunteers from California

A handful of the TEFL volunteers from California

CALIFORNIA!

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!

Having some fun in our hostel before going out for the night

Our first dinner together in UB after months apart

Our first dinner together in UB after months apart

The 3 people I couldn't do this without

The 3 people I couldn’t do this without

Our Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner

Our Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner

Our Turkey!

Our Turkey!

Some good ole' American football on Thanksgiving Day

Some good ole’ American football on Thanksgiving Day

the M23's (my cohort) versus the M22's (last years' cohort)

the M23’s (my cohort) versus the M22’s (last years’ cohort)

We lost : (

We lost : (

Tosontsengel. My first stop on my journey North

Tosontsengel. My first stop on my journey North

Winter in Mongolia

Winter in Mongolia

2 School Workers hanging out in my ger during the Winterization process

2 School Workers hanging out in my ger during the Winterization process

My little khasha duu (little brother) assisting

My little khasha duu (little brother) assisting

Just about the final step in ger winterization

Just about the final step in ger winterization

My wood pile... which only lasted me into about December

My wood pile… which only lasted me into about December

The winter felt layer

The winter felt layer

The waterproof 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 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 khashaa

My khashaa

My winter view from my ger

My winter view from my ger

At a wedding with my Director & Counterpart

At a wedding with my Director & Counterpart

Teacher's from my school

Teacher’s from my school

More teacher's

More teacher’s

Some of my Soum landscape

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).

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

Me & my Counterpart at the start of the school year ceremony

A group of student's performance

A group of student’s performance

The Kindergarten

The Kindergarten

At my first Mongolian wedding

At my first Mongolian wedding

Our last day together

Our last day together

All of us in our Mongolian clothing after the Swearing-In Ceremony

All of us in our Mongolian clothing after the Swearing-In Ceremony

My closest friend through summer with her host family

My closest friend through summer with her host family

Me & my host sister

Me & my host sister

My "people"

My “people”

Our Language & Culture Facilitators during Pre-Service Training on our last night in Darkhan

Our Language & Culture Facilitators during Pre-Service Training on our last night in Darkhan

Site Announcements!

Site Announcements!

All of our host families gathered the morning we left for the last time

All of our host families gathered the morning we left for the last time

The sunrise my last morning in Eroo

The sunrise my last morning in Eroo

One last gorgeous view of my home for the last 3 months

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

Me, Sam, & Andrea with our Host Moms at the “going away” party they threw us

Our Mongolian buffet

Our Mongolian buffet

All the Mongolian women chipping in to make dinner

All the Mongolian women chipping in to make dinner

Some goofy faces for our last night in town

Some goofy faces for our last night in town

My first time chopping wood!

My first time chopping wood!

Visiting a local Shaman

Visiting a local Shaman

The Shaman

The Shaman

My adorable little host sister, Tilmuh

My adorable little host sister, Tilmuh

The piglets running around

The piglets running around

A beautiful day out of the river

A beautiful day out of the river

Nadam celebrations

Nadam celebrations

A genuine Sunkist orange!

A genuine Sunkist orange!

Our Nadam stadium

Our Nadam stadium

Tilmuh's 1st Birthday Party

Tilmuh’s 1st Birthday Party

Nadam Fireworks!

Nadam Fireworks!

This cute little Mongolian girl who danced with us all night

This cute little Mongolian girl who danced with us all night

Heath dancing with one of Sarah's little khashaa sisters

Heath dancing with one of Sarah’s little khashaa sisters

The winning horse!

The winning horse!

Nadam Racing Horses

Nadam Racing Horses

Some traditional Mongolian wrestlers

Some traditional Mongolian wrestlers

The lead up to the match

The lead up to the match

All decked out for Nadam

All decked out for Nadam

My neighbors

My neighbors

Visiting Amarbayasgalant Monastery

Visiting Amarbayasgalant Monastery

The Eroo River at sunset

The Eroo River at sunset

Our host families came to training one day to share about their Peace Corps Volunteer

Our host families came to training one day to share about their Peace Corps Volunteer

The mountains on the 4th of July

The mountains on the 4th of July

Tilmuh at Grandma's House

Tilmuh at Grandma’s House

The family pig with her new set of piglets

The family pig with her new set of piglets

One of Sarah's little khashaa duu's

One of Sarah’s little khashaa duu’s

Nakhia & Tilmuh

Nakhia & Tilmuh

My host mom making dinner

My host mom making dinner

Hi there!

Hi there!

Visiting the river for the first time

Visiting the river for the first time

Cheers! Our first night together at our training site

Cheers! Our first night together at our training site

Laundry!

Laundry!

Just some horses hanging out

Just some horses hanging out

Our destination: The Ovoo (shrine) at the end of the hike

Our destination: The Ovoo (shrine) at the end of the hike

Hiking the mountain our first weekend in town

Hiking the mountain our first weekend in town

The view of Eroo from above

The view of Eroo from above

Some local livestock

Some local livestock

One of the "holy" sites in our town

One of the “holy” sites in our town

My name in Cyrillic!

My name in Cyrillic!

My host family!

My host family!

My Welcome Meal

My Welcome Meal

My little house!

My little house!

My digs for 3 months

My digs for 3 months

I so miss this bed!

I so miss this bed!

Meeting our host families for the first time

Meeting our host families for the first time

All the host families waiting for us!

All the host families waiting for us!

Our training group stopped on the way to our home for the next 3 months

Our training group stopped on the way to our home for the next 3 months

My host Dad (& driver) & his blinged out meeker

My host Dad (& driver) & his blinged out meeker

Leaving Darkhan

Leaving Darkhan

Even though we lost it was still a fun day in the snow

Even though we lost it was still a fun day in the snow

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