Mongolian haberdashery store

Today I went shopping with a couple friends to the haberdashery shop in Mongolia.

It was amazing to see all the different buttons in the black boxes.

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It was fun looking around the store. Look at all those buttons in the black boxes.

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Sweet treats from Thailand

Yesterday Mark brought home these treats from his Thai boss. We were not sure what was inside.

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We were pleasantly surprised to find the nice fresh strawberry inside surrounded by a green tea filling and a nut flavoring.

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We found out that they only make them for a couple weeks a year, so we were lucky that a Thai person was visiting Mongolia this week.

Strawberries from Korea

Yesterday Mark and I checked out a new grocery store, and found these beautiful strawberries from South Korea.

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They taste delicious.

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All for the cost of $20.00. We were thrilled to find them.

Calligraphy Class

Today I hosted the calligraphy class which was fun.
We learned how to write horse, and by accident I wrote “loving horse”.

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We learned the numbers from 0 to 9.

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Here is the date for today. Always written horizontally.

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You can see how hard I was working.

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My teacher Tuya wrote my name and Mark’s on a scroll.

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She then added her name

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And the date

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It was fun to watch her make one for Jan.

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A nice remembrance from Mongolia.

Pilates

It felt great to get back to Pilates after a couple months off. I love working with the inflated balls.

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Our regular group. My neighbor Lena to my right.

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Now, time for my bowl of ice cream.

Mongolian ice cream

Today I was shopping with a few friends, who introduced me to Russian/Mongolian ice cream.
Just a different kind of packaging as you cannot reclose the package.

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It tastes quite delicious with some peanuts and Canadian maple syrup.
Good thing Pilates is starting back up tomorrow.

A Mongolian lunch and a hike

This afternoon Mark and I went out for a Mongolian lunch. I tried “khuushuur” which were quite delicious.

It is a deep fried meat pie. Made of beef/mutton, onion, salt and other spices. The cook rolls the dough into half circles, then places the meat inside the dough and folds the dough in half, creating a flat half circular pocket. The cook then fries them IMG_1040 in oil until the dough turns a golden brown. It is then served hot, and can be eaten by hand.

We then went for a hike up to the top of Zaisan. This picture was taken in the summer when it was much warmer.

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Today when we climbed to the top it was around -30*C.

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It looks cold and it felt cold up there.

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I was happy to walk down the stairs and return to my warm apartment.

 

 

My valentine gift

Mark gave me this pendant and chain for Valentine’s Day.
It is my name written in Mongolian script.

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It will be a nice remembrance from Mongolia.

Valentine’s Day in Mongolia

Mark took me out last night to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It was lovely.

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The menu

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I had the salmon meal, and Mark had the mutton chop.

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Spaghetti promodoro

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Salmon with risotto

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The cheesecake looked so festive and tasted delicious.

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A night to remember.

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More of Beijing

The weather was great in Beijing for Mark and I to walk to do our shopping.

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Lunch with Ella and Xieman.

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We had a great time shopping.

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We just loved being in Beijing, and being able to visit with all of our friends.