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.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Goodbye, Amy!

Sunday night we said bye to the director of the Mongolia Field Studies program. She arranged our visas and plane tickets and answered our questions when we were confused which country we were in and why. She also introduced to the many kind English-speakers that have helped us. More importantly, Amy Eckhart was a friend and a part of our small cadre of world travelers. We'll miss her experienced and often hilarious insight on the world.

Yesterday, it was with Amy's crazy Aussie friend Mike that Sarah and I had our first Black Market experience. Much to our surprise the Black Market was neither black nor a market. Actually it was a large outdoor market that was pleasantly uncrowded on a sunny Monday afternoon. Aussie Mike was able to buy a new bicycle which he proceeded to ride home and I got a slick new pair of shades. Very exciting. We later made ramen-vegetable soup and talked for 2 hours. Last night's relaxed pace was a change from the maddening and exhilirating pace of the past 3 weeks. If the rest of our time here follows the same pattern, I think I'll enjoy the rest of the summer.