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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

One Tree Hill has found a following..... my roommates. So it is the height of tourist season here in UB and for the first time we don't feel like tourists. I have actually been asked for directions twice since Nadaam started. The tourists get very confused because there are no street names in UB so you need to get directions based on other locations in the city. It is very confusing, especially if you don't know where anything is in the first place. Unfortunately, just as I'm getting comfortable here I will be leaving. I will be taking off for the states early Monday morning. I am the first of our group to leave and it is kind of dissappointing because there is more that I would like to do here. I also can't deny that it will be nice to return home to central air, great food, family and friends. I am having a very good last few weeks here in UB though. We have been partying and hanging out a lot. Since it is Nadaam this week there is not very much going on and no one is working. On Monday, Liz, Mike and I went to see some of the archery and eat some horshor but after a few hours we got tired from the sun and went to our friend's house to watch Million Dollar Baby. Since being here I have learned that many Mongolians have little interest in the heat and crowds during Nadaam. If any of them are very excited about watching it, they can watch it on TV since it is on every channel. During our brief time at Nadaam we saw the new president Enkbaier. That was very exciting. Yesterday, Liz and I went to the river to hang out with a family who she vaguely knows through work. It is an example of how accomodating people are here; everyone wants to help us! It was very interesting because the river is the Mongolian version of the beach except it is the size of a creek and lacking a real shore line. Mongolians do not usually know how to swim though so it is probably better that way. Yesterday was our final day of relaxation before everyone returned to work or research. I will continue to work on getting a permit to take soil out of this country but I have a feeling that my attempts will be unsuccessful. And Allison came back last night so we are a big happy family again! Sorry for the confused update. This will probably be my last post so I hope that I was not too boring.