Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bogd Khan Mountain: South Side

Last weekend I went hiking again with my friend Laura and many of her students to the south side of Bogd Khan Mountain (the other blog post was from the north side). Pictured below you will see, aside from austere but beautiful Mongolian nature, a cauldron made to feed 1,000 people, Laura's students, colleagues and some of their families, ovoo (ritual piles of stones, scarves, and other offerings), vodka, and the Manzushir Monastery, which was destroyed during the Soviet purges along with hundreds of lamas during the 1930s. There was also lots of singing and I will make a post dedicated to Mongolian music at some point in the not too distant future.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Final Exam

Here is a photo of all of the NCC students in the NUM program. It was a great semester and I hope they all passed their exam!

Khustai National Park and Maria's Visit

Last week Maria from Moscow/Seattle came for a visit and we spent a long weekend at Khustai National Park. Special to the park are the wild Takhi (Przerwalski) horses who have been reintroduced over the last 20 years or so. According to the people at the park they are the only trully wild horses living in the wild. Also shown are domesticated horses, a ger tourist camp, mountains, and rain clouds.