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The big news here in camp is I finally got my coffee maker, yes!!! It arrived with a couple of the big muckity mucks and a couple bags of German coffee. Mmmmm. I got a picture of the first pour.
I also finally got one of my teachers to teach me the phrase “you have an ass like a Russian woman” in Mongolian and Russian! In Mongolian, “chi oros emegtei shig bogstei”, in Russian, “u tebya jopa kak u ruskai babi”. I had to beg quite a bit though. And I still don’t know why you’d say it in the first place. One of my ger-mates said one of the male surveyors has an ass like a Russian woman, so I assume its an insult. Big butt I think. I also learned how to say “shut up stupid” in Russian, which brings it to four languages that I can say “shut up stupid”.
I’ve downloaded Yahoo Messenger to chat with my fellow co-workers, which adds a tricky element to learning Mongolian, spelling! Spell check doesn’t have a clue how to speak Mongolian. And I can barely spell in English.
I also learned the name for the fried, heavily seasoned steak stuffed with bacon and cheese they keep serving us for lunch. Irish stew…??? I guess the concept of a stew is lost here. Oh well, Irish stew lunch means pickle pizza night is not far off!
I got to take a horse ride the other day! I was visiting one of the drills, they’re drilling a water well for the new camp, and some of the people who are building the new camp were hanging around surveying.
I also finally got to go to Mardai! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s the closest town to the mine. It was a town built by the Russians to service the mines in the area, but after the fall of the
I learned today that on the way out (7 more days!) I get to stay overnight in Choibalsan. They changed the flight schedule so its too early to drive from camp in the morning. It should be neat; I only got to see Choibalsan briefly on my way in. It too is a little Mad Max, though not to the extent of Mardai.