Since I started the new school year I have been pretty faithful to my morning runs. There is really no reason to lounge around in bed these days and the feeling of getting better at something challenging has been rather intoxicating. There are so many fascinating things to see- something new and bizarre every day. I took my camera out every day for a week and this is some of what I saw. This montage doesn't really cover all the strange and wonderful things that I've stumbled upon but hopefully will give you a good idea of one morning in Mongolia though the eyes of a novice runner.
|The gaps in the wall the Manchu built.|
|Waiting on reputedly good meat and seasonal yogurt outside someones hashaa.|
|Groups of men loitering while the women fight for spots |
in the yogurt line in front of a hashaa door.
|Snow day! This is the first street I come to after leaving my apartment.|
At the end of this road I turn left, right or go strait depending on the pollution and my mood.
|Early morning tracks.|
|Going out of town.|
|Typically my turning around point in my run.|
|Quite a sight for a city girl like myself.|
|Sunrise over thatch and loam.|
|Not quite a mini-van but it gets the family around.|
|The towns only heating plant from afar.|
|Smog and smoke.|
|Turning around to run back through the haze and into town.|
|A wary watcher.|
|He was rather fascinated but gave me the thumbs up after I snapped this shot.|
|The new mosque that is being built and a horseback commuter.|
|Off to school.|
|The neighborhood dumpster and a few of those who profit from it.|
|Waiting to collect meat for the winter from a truck recently arrived in town.|
|Bringin' home the bacon.|
Buying a whole, skinned sheep is very common.
|Inside my new friend's ger. Making milk tea, fresh meat and eme ('grandma') holding down the fort.|
|Ovoo ('grandpa') making milk tea. Notice the sweet Kazakh tapestries behind him.|
|A very sweet little girl. She was rather terrified of that calf but happy to pose.|
|A stern matriarch.|
|When I feel like off roading I run strait out into the field.|
|Clouds of ger smoke.|
|Whose Dad makes the best granola in the world?|
|A little taste of the best coffee shops in Atlanta to take to work.|
|What I lovingly refur to as my 'splashy bath'. Two kettles of boiling water, three or four ladles of cold water and 15 minutes later a squeaky clean Peace Corps Volunteer ready to start the day!|