Category Archives: Mongolia

Helping at the orphanage

Today a few of us went to the orphanage to do some volunteer work.

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They loved the necklaces they made out of beads.

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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.

 

Another mountain to climb

Yesterday Mark and I climbed another mountain behind our apartment.

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Look what we found, a horse skull.

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A Buddhist memorial.

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The air quality was not great. Hopefully it will be better today.

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Mongolian furniture

Since we have so much Chinese furniture we decided we should buy a few pieces of made in Mongolia furniture. Orange is the traditional color.

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We liked the little table and chairs for all my future grandchildren to play on.

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This stool is my favorite.

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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.

The snow has arrived

This cold windy morning Mark and I walked up the hill behind our apartment.

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I could see a light dusting of snow on the mountain side.

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I also saw my old friend the camel.

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Yesterday on our drive I saw this by the side of the road. Not sure what it represents.

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Winter is coming.

Helping at Notre Dame Orphanage

I spent a couple hours playing games with the children at the orphanage. They loved the puzzles.

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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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First bike ride in Mongolia

Today was a beautiful sunny day, so Mark and I decided to ride into town for lunch.

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What a workout as the roads are so bumpy, with no shoulders so cars are always honking.

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Also lots of road construction, so a few places we rode on the bumpy sidewalks.

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I miss the wonderful biking in Beijing.
Tomorrow maybe snow, so we enjoyed the wonderful warm weather.

Treats in Mongolia

Yesterday I was walking around downtown so I finally got to try out the new Cinnabon store. Delicious pecan cinnamon roll.

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Mark and I were thrilled with the care package we received from Laura.

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Makes living in Mongolia easier.