Posts Tagged 'missing'

more things I will miss

The extended list:

  1. Catching a cab.  I love catching a cab in UB – you just hold out your hand, someone rolls up, you hop in, they take you where you want to go.  If you are lucky, they won’t rip you off.  In places where cabs are “official”, the element of the unknown has been removed.  Much less exciting.
  2. Driving in the countryside.  I love how you can just pick a direction and go.  To hell with roads.  It’s all offroading.  Also, the countryside is like one big campground.  So nice to have that kind of freedom!
  3. Korean food.  I mentioned this already.  But it bears repeating.  Not just the restaurants, but also the supermarkets.
  4. The countryside.  I love the Mongolian countryside.  I love the people.  I’m not the biggest fan of the food, but some dishes I’ve grown to appreciate (definitely a fan of noodle soup and mantuu).
  5. Meat.  I eat meat here.  I don’t eat meat back in the US, and I won’t when I return there.  I’ll miss “free-range” everything.
  6. Making things from scratch.  Cooking has been a challenge here, but one I appreciate.  When the pumpkin pie came out of the oven on Thanksgiving, I felt a real sense of accomplishment.  My friend made the crust from scratch, I ground up the spices with a rolling pin.  And of course, the pumpkin was roasted.  Delish.
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things I will miss about Mongolia

I’ve been thinking for the past few days about the things I will miss from Mongolia.  In no particular order:

  1. Beautiful sunny summer.  The weather in Mongolia is really quite fantastic.  In the summer time, it’s mostly sunny and warm, but never humid.  The skies are blue, the grass is green, and even though there is more dust than I would prefer, the scenery is amazing.  The city is a great place is to sit on a patio and drink a beer, and the countryside makes for some great outdoor activities.
  2. Cold, snowy winter.  Don’t get me wrong. It’s cold here.  But it’s also snowy and biting – a real winter.  Everyone dresses in multiple layers, but no one looks frumpy. And there’s something to be said for surviving a Mongolian winter.
  3. Speaking of, I’ll really miss the fashion here.  It’s bold, quirky, and totally Mongol.  The women look amazing. Of course, sometimes, it’s a bit overboard, and could be scaled back a bit, but the love affair with knee-high boots and bright colors will be missed.
  4. The expat community.  It’s a small community here, with everyone knowing everyone.  Because of that, I think it’s easy to make friends, easy to find things to do, and easy to fit in.  And, with some of the friendliest, most amazing people, it’s something I’ll really miss a lot here.
  5. Swine flu.  It was quite exciting this fall, when everything closed down and we couldn’t do anything for about 2 months.  No, really.
  6. Fresh dairy.  I love the dairy in Mongolia.  It tastes like grass.
  7. North Korean food.  Not that it is all that different from South Korean.  There’s just something about eating in a restaurant run by North Koreans that is maybe a little bizarre.  Also, the food is AMAZING.

slight touch of homesickness

In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger.
-   Issa