Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
Well, get out your atlas, because here comes the info.
I’m headed to the small town of Tsogttsetsii, in South-Gobi province (Omnigovi in Mongolian). The largest and most southern province in all of Mongolia. From here on out, I’m a desert dweller. The vastness of the Gobi will be my backdrop for the next two years.
As far as people and other PCVs are concerned, there are few that are more “in it” as I will be. I’m living in a ger, and there will not be any other PCVs at my site, though one friend from my training group is in the provincial center that’s about an hour or two away from me. I don’t know much about my school, other than that I’ll be teaching 8-10th graders it seems like. I’m fairly certain that there has never been a PCV in this particular site before. I’m nervous, but also excited. I will have what many have said will be only the most authentic Mongolian experience. I guess somebody out there thinks I can do it, so I hope they’re right.
Some good things about the area…employment is very high by Mongolian standards. The proximity to major Mongolian mining projects means money is flowing around freely, and lots of people have work. As a result, there’s very little crime. I hope that means people are happy around there, because in a big empty desert, I think that will make a big difference. It’s also not quite so cold down there, though I’ll pay for that with very hot summers. There are also dinosaur bones galore in the Gobi, so expect some fossil souvenirs. Tonight we’re headed out to dinner together. Should be fun, but tonight, this is one happy PCV.