Category Archives: Ulaanbaatar

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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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.

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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