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, July 05, 2005

Sheep Soup

That is how I would sum up the traditional Mongolian diet, along with vodka and whisky. Jon and I just returned from our 10 day long and 3000 plus kilometer excursion to many lakes. I had the most amazing time ever. I learned way more about Mongolian culture then I have in my 5 weeks in UB. The excursio included Kevin, Jon and I (the 3 Americans) and then 4 Mongolians, Enk, former Pitt student, Otgo, a Mongolian student, Soya, the driver and this son Oya. We started off teh trip with 3 of Enk's neices as well and drove to Bayanhungor where we got more food and rested after a lot of driving. Then we headed out to more lakes and saw countless beautiful sunsets. It felt like all we did was core and drive and core and drive but we definitely stopped to have fun. We ended up eating a lot of sheep since we bought one from a family and carried it on top of the car everyday. In the car the Mongolians would just break out a knife and start eating meat off the bone but I got so sick of sheep that Enk, our chef, made a lot of food to cover up the taste for me. I got a lot of attention on the trip being that I was the only girl for the whole time but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. All together we encountered snow and hail storms along with some amazingly gorgeous days so it all balanced out. I was so cold after coreing one lake that it took me 5 minutes to figure out how to unbutton my pants to change them. It was pretty sad. All together it was an amazing experience but I'm also glad to be back in UB where the hot water (that had been off in our apartment for a week) magically returned and I was able to wash my disgusting hair and get clean. Well I better be off, hope this summary wasn't too boring.