Six students from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College trek across Mongolia in search of illumination, perspective, and the perfect cup of Yak-milk tea.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Land of the lilacs

No one mentioned that this city does not smell like a public toilet. It may be the large lilacs planted everywhere, or our senses have been turned off after the delightful Shanghai toilets. Either way the change is delightful. The food is pretty good too. We broke the bank last night at a Georgian restaurant complete with dancers and roving musicians. The restaurant was far too expensive for us, yet filled with Russian family and business groups. After the afternoon meeting with Yeltson's personal advisor we could identify these individuals as "less than honest," elevating our status to associators with the mob.

Moscow is feels more familiar than China but I am excited to leave tomorrow in search of a bed that does have a black hole in the middle and affordable water...