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.

Friday, July 22, 2005

You Can Hear a Pin Drop

So Sarah's gone. And interestingly enough, the sky was grey for two days. In fact, I didn't notice any blue until after we got email confirmation of her safe arrival to the States. It also took all of us some time to adjust to Sarah's absence. When the television wasn't on, there was a very peculiar noise. After mulling it over we determined this strange sound, which we hadn't heard since the beginning of the trip, was the sound of silence. We were all a bit terrified of this non-noise that assaulted our ears and even attempted to stave it off with stories of car trips with our family, but to no avail. Sarah's niche, effortlessly making bubbly conversation, simply cannot be filled.

Right now Jon is making preparations for his trip home while Liz, Allison, and I make ready to travel to the countryside by train. It promises to be an exciting experience. As much fun as UB can be, I've been very eager to enjoy some of the pastoral elements of Mongolia whenever I get the chance. I also need one more adventure before my impending return to the States.

That's the status of the Khan Campers, stay tuned for more reports on some of our last days in Mongolia.