December 13, 2008

12/14/08 Semesters almost over

Actually not much to write this week as I've been busy with exams as the semester finally winds down. I give my last final on Thursday, then we have a student party on the 24th where we hand out certificates. And on the 25th, I'm supposed to be a guest on a Learning English radio show.

The weather has been up and down, but I gather from talking to everyone that it's been a pretty mild December so far but I shouldn't expect January to be the same. I still don't know how they keep warm in the gers so I feel pretty fortunate to have steam heat, except when it goes off. It's been a while since we had any power outages but this week we had a long one, over 7 hours, and the boiler doesn't work without electricity. Besides not being able to hold classes or cook any meals, with the low temperatures we have it doesn't take the building long to cool down, a lot. But power did come back on and I slept nice and warm. Definitely makes you appreciate the little things.

Outside my office window
Not much snow but those streets are covered with ice


These kids are tough, playing soccer when it's -20F


Daria, one of the translators in my office
She translates Tibetan Buddhist texts into Mongolian


I teach Tibetan Geshe-la English every Sunday


Lydia & Hannah showing very red cheeks
Esther & her kids are regular visitors whenever they are in UB