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6 Dec 2009

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SLIDESHOW: Mingling In Mongolia

Cameras are rather scarce in the Mongolian countryside, so when my host family in the Darkhad Valley in Khuvsgul Province ... read more

06 Jul 2010
 

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Becoming The Oldest Daughter

From the distance Munkh and Gerlee’s home was but a speck in the seemingly endless Delgerkhaan horizon. About to ... read more

27 Jun 2010
 

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Getting Around

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I'll meet you between Russia and China for disco

In Mongolia, street names are obsolete. In fact there are no street addresses and the mailing system in UB runs entirely through P.O. Boxes. To get around, Mongolians give ... read more

25 Sep 2009
Fashion

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Never trust the morning sun

There’s an insightful phrase that you’ll likely hear if you visit Mongolia: Never trust the morning sun. If it’s sunny and warm in the morning, soak it ... read more

25 Sep 2009
Getting Around

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Brush up on your Frogger

Traffic in Ulaanbaatar can be unfathomable. In recent years, nearly 300 cars are imported to Mongolia a day and some 80% of those go to UB. At times, traffic lights ... read more

26 Sep 2009
Etiquette

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Give your seat to grandma

If you're riding the UB bus system, at times you may feel like a sardine in a can. If you're lucky you can grab a seat and ride ... read more

13 Oct 2009
Dating

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Watch yourself, boys

It's not uncommon for a Mongol and a foreigner to go on a date, but be forewarned. If you're a guy and a Mongol sees you walking with ... read more

13 Oct 2009
Packing

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Shoes off, slippers on

Before you enter someone's home and the occasional school or office, it's polite to remove your outside shoes. It's OK to walk around barefoot or in socks ... read more

13 Oct 2009
Health

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Avoid breathing the black cloud

Air pollution in Ulaanbaatar is like most major cities, but in the winter, things get ugly. UB has had an influx of families from the countryside in recent years and ... read more

13 Oct 2009
Food

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Vegetarians be wary

While traditional Mongolian cuisine is undoubtedly for omnivores, there are new vegetarian restaurants popping up in UB all the time. Vegetarians and vegans can eat fine in the city, but ... read more

13 Oct 2009
Festivals & Events

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Nadaam Festival -- get pumped for some archery, horce racing, and wrestling

Nadaam is an annual festival held all over Mongolia in mid-July. The celebration is said to have existed for centuries, but it now officially commemorates Mongolia's revolution in 1921 ... read more

13 Oct 2009
Slang

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More or less a "yeah"

The word for "yes" in Mongolian is "tiim" and the word for no is "ugui," but if you're speaking casually with a Mongolian you probably won't hear those ... read more

13 Oct 2009
Fashion

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Dress to impress

Leave those torn, patched, and sun-bleached denim jeans at home. While the younger generation is starting to take up grunge-light fashion and you’ll be bound to see some ripped ... read more

07 Nov 2009
Culture Shock

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Don't you realize that your cell phone has a "silent" setting?

I’ve met with a former Prime Minister, several governors, mayors, Mongolian National University professors, NGO leaders, and lamas, and I’ve heard Yankee Doodle, Jingle Bells, or the Nokia ... read more

07 Nov 2009
Religion

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Throwing rocks at pit stops

Hire a driver and head out of the city and you’ll likely make a few pit-stops along the way. Ovoos are shamanist rock cairns that are erected on mountaintops ... read more

23 Nov 2009
Music

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How to communicate with animals

The "morin khuur," or horse-head fiddle, is the most famous instrument of Mongolia and is considered a symbol of its culture and heritage. The instrument was traditionally made in honor ... read more

21 Nov 2009
Music

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Check out the Mongolian pop scene

Definitely don’t miss hearing Mongolia’s traditional music, but the pop music scene is big with younger generations and is also worth checking out. My favorite group so far ... read more

21 Nov 2009
Film

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"Half Blood Prince" is your new holiday flick

Missed the latest blockbuster in the States? No worries! You can probably catch it in Mongolia a few months later. There are several great theaters in Ulaanbaatar that screen Mongolian ... read more

23 Nov 2009
Sports

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Strength, solidarity, and durability in the Mongolian wrestling palace

Bokh, or Mongolian wrestling, is one of three of the country's most popular sporting events. If you’re in Mongolia in July, whether you’re in bustle of Ulaanbaatar ... read more

23 Nov 2009
Books

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Expensive secrets

If you’re looking for the book to read on ancient Mongolian history, be ready to fork over some cash. "The Secret History of the Mongols" is claimed to be ... read more

23 Nov 2009
TV

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Dispassion, good of? Fun with subtitles.

Mongolian television is a language treasure chest of feature films, news broadcasts, sporting events, and talk shows. Nearly half the channels are Russian. There are also several Mongolian broadcasting networks ... read more

23 Nov 2009
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