Ghandi (Rohit) and Komal came over for a visit.
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.
I did a little decorating for Thanksgiving. I would like to thank Komal and Rohit for the beautiful table runner from India.
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.
The trees were beautiful.
They grow potatoes to earn money, so we took a walk to see.
Lots of potatoes.
The residents were so happy to see us.
We were entertained by the residents singing Mongolian songs to us.
We helped stuff pillows for the residents to use.
We stuffed them with scraps of materials, and were able to put 50 together.
The rooms were all very nice with a huge dining room.
It was a wonderful day, but tired with spending 6 hours driving back and forth.
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.
This afternoon we invited 14 of Mark’s Thai co-workers over for an American lunch.
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.
Last Tuesday a group of 8 of us boarded the train in Ulaanbaatar to check out the Russian border.
Now I can say I have been in Russia.
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.
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.
Last week Mark and I went to visit the Gobi Desert with 6 ladies from Thailand.