Mongolia

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WELCOMING CHANGE

by Carmel October 15, 2013

It was a little bittersweet leaving Mongolia. It is a beautifully complicated country that cannot be summed up in a few blog posts. It is also incredibly frustrating, noisy and polluted, yet I still left with a fondness for it that I can’t explain. Maybe it had something to do with the people – Shawn’s […]

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GOBI DESERT TRIP, PART 2

by Shawn October 6, 2013

Read Part 1 of our Gobi Desert Trip Day Four The perils of camel riding and Shawn and Carmel get starstruck “Sallah, I said NO camels! That’s FIVE camels; can’t you count?” ―Indiana Jones One of the shared interests of our group was the chance to ride camels in the Gobi. All of us, no […]

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GOBI DESERT TRIP, PART 1

by Shawn October 1, 2013

Day One Carmel gets carsick and Shawn ponders what constitutes a road Carmel and I decided to kick off our trip in style and take a seven-day tour of the Gobi desert, via Russian-style van. We booked our tour through my friend Manlai’s company and left three days upon arriving to Ulaanbaatar, still acclimating to […]

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STARTING OFF

by Carmel September 29, 2013

We arrived in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, around 11:30pm on the 17th of September after a long day of travel that began at 2pm, Seattle time, on the 16th. Between the time change, not sleeping on our flights, being incredibly emotional from the goodbyes, and the stress of packing up our lives for a year, we were […]

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