Children’s Day

June 1st is celebrated as Children’s Day in Mongolia. We’ve mentioned in past posts that Mongolians┬álove children, and Children’s Day is no exception. There are street fairs, costumed characters, gift bags, and so on and so forth. Here is our family enjoying the celebration in Sukhbaatar Square in UB, June 2018.

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Our New Normal

When I think of quarantine, I think of history–like a century or more in the past–not right now. Colonial America? Sure! The Plague (any one of them)? Absolutely! It’s a lot harder to think of ourselves as being in quarantine in today’s modern era with all of our technology and medical advancements, and yet, here […]

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Gandan

Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Gandan Khiid, or simply Gandan, is a large complex on the north side of UB that consists of several temples, a monastery, and a few Buddhist educational centers. The two links above provide a decent rundown of the history of Gandan, so I will simply write here about my own experiences in this […]

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Day Bag Packing Suggestions – City

If you’re reading this post, I’m guessing you’re either interested in our lives or interested in visiting Ulaanbaatar or Mongolia at some point. We don’t spend all of our days either teaching or parenting, so we’ve had plenty of time to figure out what are some good items to keep on hand–or leave at home–whenever […]

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Miss Earth Mongolia 2015

Our students have been asking us if we’d seen this video for awhile, so we finally checked it out. It’s for Miss Earth Mongolia 2015–Bayartsetseg Altangerel. The video shows a good deal of Mongolian scenery and Ms. Altangerel talks passionately about ecological issues that are currently affecting Mongolia. Enjoy!

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