Category Archives: Friends

Look who came for a visit

Ghandi (Rohit) and Komal came over for a visit.

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They loved holding him, and gave him a Charger’s blanket.

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I love this pic.

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Lunch with Miss Jill and Connie

Yesterday I had lunch with Connie and Jill. We all worked together 12 years to go.
Jill was the teacher who inspired me to become a teacher and take her place when she moved to California.

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Getting ready for Thanksgiving

I did a little decorating for Thanksgiving. I would like to thank Komal and Rohit for the beautiful table runner from India.

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It is wonderful to have a little taste of India in the home.

Mongolian Retirement Home

Yesterday I  took a trip to Mongolia’s only government run nursing home with the IWAM group. It is a State Home for the Elderly about 80 grueling kms from UB. The facility holds about 110 residents with no family and nowhere to go yet are seemingly happy and interactive. We enjoyed touring the facility and making some new pillows for the residents.

The drive took around 3 hours as no marked roads so lots of bumps but beautiful.

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The trees were beautiful.

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They grow potatoes to earn money, so we took a walk to see.

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Lots of potatoes.

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The residents were so happy to see us.

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We were entertained by the residents singing Mongolian songs to us.

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We helped stuff pillows for the residents to use.

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We stuffed them with scraps of materials, and were able to put 50 together.

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The rooms were all very nice with a huge dining room.

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It was a wonderful day, but tired with spending 6 hours driving back and forth.

 

A Thai cooking lesson

Lat night a few of Mark’s co-workers came over to teach Mark how to make some of our favorite dishes.
These 3 guys did a great job.

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Interesting to watch him grind the peppers.

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Mark and I enjoyed visiting with his co-workers that we knew in China.

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I met 2 Chinese consultants who also enjoyed the food.

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We said goodbye to one of Mark’s co-workers.

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It was great to see all the men cooking.

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Adul in the beige sweater is the BEST cook.

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A couple Canadian consultants were also lucky to enjoy the feast.

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A great evening for companionship and delicious food for all of us foreigners.

Lunch with Thai co-workers

This afternoon we invited 14 of Mark’s Thai co-workers over for an American lunch.

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Mark barbecued some pork chops, and steak which they enjoyed.

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They also liked the mashed potatoes, and fresh salad.

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Mark has a new American co-worker, so it was great to have Dennis along with his wife Rhonda come over.

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Everyone enjoyed the sweet chocolate cake, and peanut butter fudge.

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Day 3 a visit to Darkhan

We were up before 5am. to catch the train to go to Darkhan which is the second biggest city in Mongolia. We were on the train for 2.5 hours going south.
This is where most of the wheat is grown in the country.

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We visited this beautiful park.

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Lots of birds at the Lama Temple.

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Our last stop was at a school to distribute 40 school back packs filled with supplies for some very happy children.

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A wonderful rewarding experience for us all.

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Tomorrow we will visit 3 different schools to distribute over 200 backpacks.

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A train ride to the Russian border

Last Tuesday a group of 8 of us boarded the train in Ulaanbaatar to check out the Russian border.

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Four of the women were from Australia, 1 from Sweden, 1 from Mongolia to translate, and a new friend for me from Quebec Canada. We started out with a toast of Champagne and orange juice.

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We got on the train at 10:30 am. and got off at 8:00 pm. in Suhkbataar which is the northern most city closest to the Russian border. Beautiful scenery on the way.

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The next morning we hired a van and a driver to show us around. This rock shows the spot where Ghinggis Kahn fought a war to get his fourth wife.

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We then toured a museum to learn about Mongolian history.

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Beautiful stone mosaic inside where we were allowed to take pics.

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The border is out in the countryside so not very busy. We did not get a visa to enter Russia as it would have been $200, and just not much to see.

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Here I am with 2 feet in Russia.

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This church is on the Russian side, and can be seen for miles.

Now I can say I have been in Russia.

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After lunch we took a drive to the countryside for a good view. It is close to a military base so we had to pay $3.00 and show our alien card for Mongolia to be able to climb the hill.
Here you can see the guard in his lookout spot.

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We climbed these steps

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The view was fantastic.

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Lake Hovsgol – Northern Mongolia

After 3 days in the hot sand we flew north to Muron and were able to see the Deer stones that are over 3,000 years old.

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No one knows for sure why they are there.

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A group from Russia and Mongolia were digging at the site. They did not find any burial sites but did unearth a horse head.

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We then drove up to Lake Hovsgol which is also referred to as “the Blue Pearl of Mongolia.”

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It contains 70% of all the fresh water in Mongolia.

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When we arrived we were greeted by this ox that carried us and our luggage to our ger.

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This nice young man came to our ger every morning and evening to start a fire to keep us warm.

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The Eco friendly toilets were interesting.

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We learned to milk cows.

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We enjoyed hiking in the hills.

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We walked out to the wishing rock to make a wish.

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We had a wonderful time horseback riding, as we climbed up and down the hill.

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The water was beautiful

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But very cold, so I just got my feet wet.

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The highlight of the trip was meeting a reindeer family while going for a boat ride. They live in tepees and are nomadic.

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This male reindeer is 9 years old. Both males and females have antlers.

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These handsome men were great guides.

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We purchased a few things from the reindeer family. Earrings made from the antlers, along with the knife holder, and an ornament.

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A storm passed by after we got our bond fire started. Pretty fascinating.

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I did climb to the top of this mountain behind our ger.

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It was a great trip, but nice to be home and sleep on my soft bed, and enjoy hot water and indoor plumbing.

Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia

Last week Mark and I went to visit the Gobi Desert with 6 ladies from Thailand.

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It was fun to ride on a small plane.

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We stayed in a nice ger camp.

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First time I have seen a double bed in a ger.

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We hiked up a hill to view the petroglyphs which are dated back to 3,000 BC.

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We enjoyed climbing in the sand dunes.

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Mark and I did not climb to the top.

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Look at this friendly camel that I got to ride.

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I enjoyed the ride.

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We were able to visit a Mongolian family. Mark enjoyed playing with the family goat.

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We saw some cute kids selling rocks and bracelets.

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This baby loved the chocolate.

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We got to see lots of goats and sheep.

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The flaming cliffs reminded me of southern Utah.

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The sunsets were beautiful.

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Eating out in the desert was an experience.

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This ger camp was beautiful.

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This gal sprinkled us with milk for a safe journey.

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She also put some on the tires for a safe trip.

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I love this pic that Mark took.

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