19.09.2013 17 °C
... but it feels much longer! As I am writing this, it’s Thursday evening. During dinner I said to Ada, it’s exactly 4 weeks ago that I arrived in Mongolia, but it feels much longer already. Yes, she said, but you’re also much more than adapted to the Mongolian lifestyle already. Well, I guess that true probably ;-)
It’s going well here; since my last update I mainly worked on my internship and research plan and tried to discuss many aspects of it thoroughly with all people that are involved with the project. It’s starting to look like a real project now, hihi. So during the week I’ve been busy with talking to people, trying to get available information on all kinds of aspects of the project, translating everything from Mongolian to English together with my interpreter (which I ‘borrow’ from Ada at the moment), and with my thinking-writing-thinking-writing process together with Ada. She’s a great mentor, although pretty strict ;-) (but that’s fine!) and together we work hard to make the project successful. Hopefully it will really work out that well.
Last weekend I didn’t do that much worth telling, besides that I worked on my internship and research plan a lot but in quite a relaxed way. Furthermore, Ada and I cooked nicely, drank some red wine and played games :-) The weekend before I would go to Terelj, to visit Bert’s Ger camp (Dutch man with a Mongolian family who started a Ger camp 15 years ago and makes the best cheese!), which we also did, but also decided to stay over a night. Bert would come to pick us up in Nalaikh as he was on his way back from Ulaanbaatar to Terelj. At a certain moment he called that he would be a little later and if we knew a good place to park a car for one night; on his way to Nalaikh he saw a car of Mongol Rally standing next to the road which had kind of broken down. So he took the four people and the car and drove to Nalaikh, we parked the car in the Khashaa (private territory of a family, usually) of one of Ada’s friends and we drove with the seven of us (in one Landrover) to Terelj. These four people were of my age, so it was really nice talking to them :-) One came from San Francisco, one from Montana, one from Manchester and one half from Mongolia, half from Oxford Three of them drove from London to Ulaanbaatar, in about two months.
On the way, we made a short stop at the ‘Turtle rock’, which is really amazing, check out the picture! Around 3 p.m. we arrived in Terelj at the camp and first we had some sort of late lunch which was really good, and then I walked a little bit with two Dutch people who arrived at the camp that morning. The other four wanted to walk in the mountains but as I was on my flip-flops I thought that wouldn’t be such a great idea to come with them ;-) Around 7 we had dinner and after that we did some vodka-game at the fire outside; cold but so beautiful! That night was my first night in a Ger; also reeaally cold but also really nice! The next morning we left at the end of the morning, I had a nice shower at home (hot water on the weekends!) and we had a nice rest Sunday.
I will upload some pictures of Terelj and the Ger camp and I finally took some pictures of my apartment, so then you get an idea of where I’m living (or actually, most of the time sleeping) at the moment; it’s a real nice place. Oh and Magda, when I saw your new fish on Facebook, I felt so connected hihi, I also have fish here!
Well, that’s it again for the moment. I’ll write again soon