I'm going to Mongolia tomorrow!!!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by FrizzleFreak, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was one of the 30 kids selected to go to Mongolia through a 4-H exchange program, and I leave tomorrow!!! We were selected out of a group of 156 throughout the Western United States, and every cent is being paid for by an EXCEEDINGLY generous (and, as far as I know, anonymous) donation. We will spend a week in the capital city/only city of Ulaanbaatar (say "OH-thlahn-BAH-ter"), then go on to host family stays. I will be staying in Tsetserleg sum (town) in the Arkhangai aimag (province), which happens to be Chinggis Khan's home province! Yes, it is Chinggis, not Genghis. The Mongolians I've spoken to are completely bewildered as to why everyone keeps mispronouncing their hero's name. [​IMG] Then, we will stay in Hoytola gher (yurt is the Soviet word) village, and attend the sports festival of Naadam, which is kind of like the biggest thing ever in Mongolia.
    The purpose of the trip is to learn about ecology (water quality, land reclamation, etc.). Also, there is hope for it to become a true exchange, in which case my host sister could come and stay with us next year! Did I mention that this is for a whole month? During that time, there will be a blog that we will all get to write in, hopefully daily, called Memoirs of Mongolia. Please follow us! http://mongoliamemoirs2011.blogspot.com/
    in the blue flannel jacket on the left in that picture...hopefully soon there will be more pics, 'cause it's kinda lame right now. [​IMG]

    One of the requirements for going on this trip is that we must do follow-up projects. Right now I've got 3 presentations, one newspaper article (probably-- the lady insisted on putting one in the Oregonian like, a month ago, so I don't know...) and an idea. I already run a community garden (among rather a lot else) and I was thinking that my next big project could be learning how to do fecal exams and doing free ones for people in my county and educating them about worms and how they relate to your animals' health. The reason being that, around here anyway, people don't seem to understand that evolution works on worms too, and they tend to just dump chemicals on their animals at random intervals. That's not exactly effective, plus it creates tons of problems for the rest of us-- anybody with horses (or goats, or cows, or sheep...) know about the problems that can arise from resistant worms. So, I figure since our county just got a bunch of microscopes that will be allowed to be checked out, I could teach others how to do their own fecal exams, thus saving money (27 dollars per exam around here), saving animals, and preventing more worms from becoming resistant. Does that seem like a good idea? Do you have any other ideas?

    Well...that turned out to be a ramble. Thanks for any input!

    ~*edited for clarity, 'cause I'm silly like that*~
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    WOW that is awesome you are very lucky!
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Awesome!!! Sounds like a great chance to experience another culture! How fun!
  4. ChicksterJo

    ChicksterJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2011
    Grounded on Earth
    How cool!! Enjoy it there! [​IMG]
  5. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    Wow, congrats on being chosen...and how exciting!! [​IMG]
  6. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    Wow! [​IMG] What a great opportunity! I remember seeing a documentary on Mongolia. In fact, Julia Roberts was in it. She actually lived with a nomadic family for a period of time. It was very interesting.
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    That is beyond cool.

  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    It will change your life, soak it all in!
  9. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    What a fantastic opportunity. Good for you!
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Quote:What Imp said! Enjoy the experience.

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