Homestretch and Next Steps

It's bittersweet to announce that I'll be leaving Mongolia on August 2nd. I booked my flights last week after attending Close of Service (COS) Conference, the last official Peace Corps event of my service. That was the last time I'll see my cohort together in Mongolia. Hopefully, we'll organize some sort of reunion stateside in … Continue reading Homestretch and Next Steps


The Art of Letting Go

In one of those beautiful moments of serendipity that occur when you are reading a story so different from your own and yet come across a shared sentiment or experience, I read the following passage from Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram (I highly recommend it!). I reflected on that particularly Indian custom of amiable abduction. … … Continue reading The Art of Letting Go

Space Camp

Many Mongolians have asked me if I have children. Biologically, the answer is no, but in lieu of reproduction I have made Space Camp my baby. It's been a little less stressful and a little less messy, but it still means the world to me and I hope you consider contributing to the cause. Space … Continue reading Space Camp

Baina uu?

'Baina uu?' or 'Are you there?' is how Mongolians answer the phone. As such it's the perfect title for this Hello parody that Amy and Hana, two volunteers from Uvs Aimag, created about life as a volunteer in Mongolia. Translation of lyrics: Baina uu (Are you there?/Hello?) Baina baina (I’m here) Ajil sain uu? (How’s … Continue reading Baina uu?