Hi family and friends,So this was a real statement that happens all the time, but the other night was hilarious. So my companion and I have been very fortunate to have been able to visit with our gerchs' (witness, church member) house quite often, so we felt a need to give back. While I am not the best cook in the entire world, I have learned how to make a really delicious banana muffin/cake that is so completely delicious and different from what many people can make here. Plus, I make my cake a little sweeter than the normal food here, so the members LOVE it (plus many gers do not have ovens, so they do not have the opportunity to make it themselves). Well, so here we were on a Saturday night and after making about 3 dozen muffin cupcakes, we were heading off to deliver them to a couple different houses.
So we layered up. Then put on another layer because we weren't planning on really entering anyone's house, simply dropping it off and saying thank you for all of their help. So it was a plan to spend 2-3 hours outside at night in the cold (it is sometimes hard to believe that not every mission in the world is experiencing the cold right now), giving out the goodies. At home, something like this would take about an hour to do at most and if they weren't home, you simply leave it on the doorstep, then go back into your personal car and drive away. Here, though, it is a little more complicated. You have to really layer up, then wait for a bus to take you to one (maybe two if they live close together), then go tracking down the winding roads until you get there, then you have to bang on the outside fence. So many houses here have these semi-rabid dogs, so you never just shuud enter a house, you pick up a rock off the ground and bang on the metal gate as loud as you can. You also try calling, but if the phone isn't working, well, then good luck.
So these are from my year mark
I spent the day in a beautiful part of Mongolia named Jargulant with Sis. Hansen and basically went hiking all day long. It was so much fun.
Oh my heck, I love this guy. He is how I ended my one-year anniversary. Both of these boys are names Bilguun and are so sweet.
Just take a moment to appreciate just how beautiful it is here. :)These are the smog-free days.