Thursday, July 9, 2009

Family Holiday

Ben and Becky came to Mongolia and June and we travelled to Hustai where we stayed with a herder family, Tsenkher soum where we enjoyed the hot spa, Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur and Mongol Els. Ben commented: "My time in mongolia was unforgettable, the people were warm and friendly and proudly welcomed us into their nomadic lifestyle and impressive country. Travelling over mountains, valleys and vast open steppes the truly unique landscapes were ever changing under the bright blue sky. The only drawbacks were the unforgiving roads and unpalatable cuisine of Buuz!". Here are some pictures

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mongolian Waltz

Everybody in Mongolia can waltz. At sometime during any work party/ disco a waltz is played and my colleagues spin gracefully around the dance floor. Last week at our semi annual meeting Amaraa kindly offered to teach me, but I gave up when my other colleague Gana burst out laughing at my efforts. He explained that during socialist times everyone had to learn 10 dances.

The annual meeting was a great mix of work and fun, Mongolians love playing games and do not take themselves seriously. Here are some pictures from the meeting.

Going home

At work

At play

The winners

The sack race

My presentation

The camp viewed from surrounding hills

It was foggy and wet when we arrived

Mongolian Waltz