Choibalsan Travel Blog› entry 5 of 9 › view all entries
Theyāve started building gers at our new camp. Ger is pronounced āgearā, though the expats variably say āgrrrrā, āgareā, etc. It actually means home. You can say ābi gertai yavj bnaā āIām going home (present tense)ā or "bi gertai yavmar bna" "I want to go home". At any rate I stopped by when they were mid-construction and took some pictures of a naked ger (naked ger action!) It will probably interest the engineers among you. Basically, the roof is constructed like a spoked wooden wheel, with a skylight in the middle. Traditionally the heating/cooking stove is in the middle and the chimney is vented through the skylight, though some of ours are heated through the floors, (which is really nice, though if you leave chocolate easter bunnies on the floor it melts them unrecognizably).
Language lessons are progressing well despite most of my teachers being on break. Iāve been learning more of the Cyrillic and periodically can actually pick the odd word out of signs. Today at lunch I realized one of the signs ended with thank you. It only took me a month to figure that out! Iāve learned to say āI love youā in Russian, which brings it to four languages I can say I love you in. Ya lbulbu tebia. Or something like that.
We had a big tour of potential investors here for a couple days, so its been pretty busy.
We had a big grass fire nearby, which luckily and seemingly spontaneously died out. We were discussing contingency plans with the locals for fighting the fire if it got too close to camp, and all they said they needed was a water truck and a big tireā¦ I donāt knowā¦
Not much else, summer weather, tsenher tenger (blue skies), flowers blooming, almost time to go back to