What is there to say about Space Camp except it was an experience. An all-consuming, stressful, incredible experience. Sometime last fall it was decided somehow or other (I might have begged), that I’d be the M27 to apprentice under my sitemate, Nik, and then take up the reins after he left. It doesn’t matter how … Continue reading Space Camp
-I am totally stealing this idea from my friend Perrin. You can read her list of superlatives here.- Today marks the one year anniversary of my arrival in Mongolia. That's just crazy. So here are some moments that stand out for good or bad. Most Embarrassing: Forgetting half the words to Orchlong Hairlaarai at my … Continue reading First Year Superlatives
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
*Ok, not actually Siberia, but we did have a Siberian front in January so it’s basically the same thing. My biggest concern when coming to Mongolia was the notorious winter. Ulaanbaatar has been invitingly nicknamed the ‘coldest capital in the world’ and the lowest temperatures average -40 across the country. In case you’re wondering if … Continue reading I Survived Winter in Siberia*
'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?
Just over three months ago I stepped foot onto Mongolian soil for the first time. Just two weeks ago I moved to my permanent site. It's crazy to think about all of the things that I've done and experienced since leaving America and even crazier to think that none of it really feels crazy at all. … Continue reading The New, New Normal
So …. Wow, okay, this is really happening. Today’s the day! I’m off to Mongolia. I’ve been in Seattle for the last few days for staging. I met the other 51 English Education trainees who come from all over the US. Together we make up M27, a pretty awesome group of people if I do … Continue reading Here Goes Nothing
Realizing that my departure date for Mongolia is in only two months has me feeling nervously excited in an over-caffeinated, jittery kind of way. Newton's Third Law, 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,' seems to apply to my inner turmoil (no, that's not too dramatic of a descriptor) as well as physics. … Continue reading Two Months To Go