Asia

Travels in Asia

In Mongolia no one can drive 55

 As I mentioned in my previous post, there are no worse roads in the world than a Mongolian highway. Our vehicle for this expedition was a 4 wheel drive Russian van called a "Yaz". The ladies of our tr... Read More...

Journey to Lake Khovsgol

We've just come back from a 10 day trip out to western and central Mongolia. Babak, Bec, Josie, Sarah and myself hooked up with the worlds best driver and the worlds worst guide/translator for the obligatory ... Read More...

Mongolia Hash House Harriers

One of the things I've been introduced to down here is the group called the "Hash House Harriers." It's been described best as a drinking club with a running problem. For the past three or four weeks, we've... Read More...

Summer is here!

It's so cool to watch the changing of the seasons around here. In the past two weeks, the countryside and the city have both gone from a depressing brown to a vibrant green. We've been getting a little bit of... Read More...

Wild horses can’t drive me away

 Actually, they can. From the urban settings of Ulaan Baatar, myself and 6 other friends headed out to Khustai Nuruu Reserve last weekend. This reserve is about 65 miles west of UB, and the main draw... Read More...

Life in UB

The social life here has been pretty good. For the past three weeks all the bars have closed at 10:00 pm in an attempt to contain SARS. Instead of going out and exploring (or even going to bed early and catch... Read More...

Mongolian Religion

Mongolia has an extremely rich history when it comes to its religious beliefs. Historically the native religion of the people was shamanism. Shamans would go into trances, dance, and pray to the spirits of th... Read More...

Tsaggan Nuur

 Four of us from the Geekcorps expedition have successfully returned from a trip out to the countryside of Mongolia. We left Friday afternoon, and headed out to a place called Tsaggan Nuur, or "White... Read More...

SARS

 SARS has hit with a vengeance here now. Actually the disease hasn't, but fear and paranoia of it have. There were two suspected cases of the disease in the southern part of the country where the train... Read More...

The first few days

 Well, I've been in Mongolia for almost a week now. I've met the other "geeks" and they seem to be a great group. We haven't officially started our projects yet, so we've had a bit of time to go out an... Read More...