This weekend was good, but would’ve been far better had I not been sick the whole bloody time. Friday night we went out and stayed the night at Bolor’s family’s summer cottage type thing, just half an hour north of town. A lovely wooden 2 storey place. It was all nice and snowy. Took many hours to heat the place, so we were in our big coats the whole time, but that was part of the fun. That, the drinking and the games. Did feel like crap and pass out early though. Ah well.
Saturday night was a going away party for some friends, which was also good times. Talked to heaps of people, which may not have helped my throat because it was already crap and I had to keep repeating myself to be understood.
On Sunday, I finally made it out to do some shopping and am currently listening to some new Mongolian music I picked up on that expedition.
Today, I attended the launch of the Khan Bank Foundation, who gave us some money for the project. It was good event; met some interesting people working on interesting projects, watched Altan Urag play a couple of songs (a great band sponsored by Khan Bank) and ate some nice food. There were lots of cameras around, so I might appear in the background on the news. I was also approached by a lady from Mongol National to be interviewed for a show about foreigners living in Mongolia. I gave her my card and assume I’ll end up doing it, because I’m a pushover. Slightly disconcerting.
I have a couple of options for new places to live, which I’ll check out and decide on very soon. Looks like I’ll be living solo, so I’ll post some pics of the new pad when I have one and move in.
Big meeting tomorrow afternoon, which should hopefully have some good outcomes for the show. It’ll at least stimulate some different thinking and should help us make the teaching side of it more useful. Should be some interesting people to meet too, who could give us some welcome advice.
Something hilarious happened this afternoon that had me laughing for ages.
Just near our apartment, there’s this intersection that gets gridlocked nearly every afternoon, usually around 4ish, for several hours. I’m talking serious gridlock where nobody can move and it seems to happen for no good reason. You’ll hear ten people all getting on their horns at once and it’s like that on and off for a couple of hours. The cafe I frequent for their free wireless internet is just near that intersection and when I’m near the window there at the right time, I hear all the horns and chuckle.
So, after this launch, Dave and I got dropped off near home. We jumped out early because we could see the driver would get caught in this messy intersection, which was already ridiculous at 2pm. Dave’s heading back to Australia for 2 weeks for a wedding and he was supposed to be getting picked up at 3:15 at our place to go to the airport. 3:30 rolled around and we were getting a little worried, and a little confused by something I won’t bother explaining. Dave called our boss to see what was happening and she called the driver and got back to Dave. Apparently it had taken him an hour to get to our place from literally about 2 blocks away.
Dave plans to get some footage of that intersection one day so we can show others the hilarity and absurdity. It really needs to be done and photos would do it no justice, if only for the missing horn factor.
Alright, I’d better go and deal with food now, because it’s almost 9 and I haven’t even thought about dinner yet.