Beautiful, Even in the Rain
Rainy and cloudy in my town today, but all of the hills are wreathed in a wonderful fog and the weather cooled off dramatically. Comfortable, and very very beautiful.
Quick recap: We had lunch with the US Ambassador to Mongolia today, which was extremely interesting. He’s worked all over the world and this is his first ambassadorial post. He’s extremely well informed about the country (which of course you would expect), but he had many very interesting things to say. Mongolia’s development and commitment to democracy is extremely impressive and encouraging. I think the Peace Corps is doing the right thing in the right country, at least in this case.
After lunch, we got divided up into our training groups and learned where we’ll be spending the summer. I’ve been placed in my training town. There are about 10 other volunteer trainees with me there and we’ll all be living with host families. We’ll also go through some professional training to help make us better teachers. I’ve got some good people in my group that I hope can become good friends, and I’ve already made a few here during orientation. Part of me will be sad to leave them for the summer, though we could possibly end up being posted at permanent sites nearby later on. We had our first Mongolian language lesson today! Sain Bain uu?! (it means “hello, how are you?”)
Glad to be able to share all of this with you guys at home. I hope you’re all doing well. Don’t forget to send me updates on your lives! It’s tough for me to respond to all e-mails at the moment, so I apologize if I haven’t gotten back to you yet. I assure you I’ve received them and they’ve been wonderful.
All my best,