Saturday, July 29, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Nadam is the biggest holiday and festival in Mongolia. This year the celebration is especially big because it is also the 800th anniversary of the Mongolian state. Nadam celebrates the “three manly sports”: archery, horse racing and wrestling. Archery is actually participated in by men and women, and children race the horses. Wrestling, however, does seem to be a manly endeavor. For three day the country shuts down for the games, ceremonies and parties.
For those of us unfortunate enough to get stuck in camp, we had a wrestling tournament. I wrestled in the first round for about ten seconds before being introduced to the ground (video to follow).
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
This wonder of Chinese engineering is two months old and had less than 100 km on it. I have trashed a bike or two in my time, but I have never seen one of such poor quality that it actually falls apart on its own.
Although myself and the other Canadians have given up on these death-traps entirely, the locals have discovered bicycling for the first time. In the beginning they would look at us strangely when we took the bikes out in the evening. Now the bicycles are hugely popular. All night long people ride around the compound in circles. The security guard uses a bike for his rounds. They are the vehicle of choice for getting from one side of camp to the other. I only wish we could bring some real bikes over so that the Mongolians could enjoy some little luxuries like breaks and seats…
Friday, July 07, 2006
I apologize for the lack of posts lately, it just that nothing interesting has happened in a while. For lack of anything more exciting, here is picture of my ger after a rainstorm we had the other day. Ger's don't smell so good after the felt get soaked. Sort of a cross between wet-dog and gym socks.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Canada Day in Mongolia was pretty low key. The number of people that knew the anthem was fairly limited and there are no gas stations around from which to buy fireworks.
We drank a toast to Canada with Airag, the local beverage made from fermented Mare’s milk. Airag is supposed to be good for the stomach. If by that they mean it can by used to induce vomiting, then yes, it is good for the stomach.
I hope everyone at home enjoyed your cold beers, BBQ’s, swims in the lake etc… Not that I feeling sorry for myself or anything…