Hi everyone! My name is Linda and I have now been in Mongolia for two months. The main part of these two months has been spent with Batchimeg in Sainshand where I still have three weeks to go before I will be moving on to the next BOOKBRIDGE learning center.
A lot has happened this far; I have spent one night at the Mongolian countryside visiting relatives to Batchimeg. During less than 24 hours I got to see when the horses, the goats and sheep got vaccinated, I got to try more Mongolian food, learn more about the life on the Mongolian country side and try a Mongolian card game. It was a great experience, even if the card game didn’t go so well. I also got the luxury to sleep with the view of the Milky Way as my roof!
I’ve been learning a lot more about the Mongolian history by visiting one of Sainshands museum. Danzanravjaa was born in Sainshand in 1803. He became famous as a writer, composer, painter, physician as well as the Lama of the Gobi. Danzanravjaa established monasteries, libraries, museums, a theater and music school. He was definitely a man with many different talents and he is a big part of the Mongolian history. I’ve been visiting the big monastery and the very beautiful energy center outside Sainshand that was established by Danzanravjaa as well as the caves where Danzanravjaa would do his meditation.
Last week I went to the Wishing Mountain which is another historical place nearby Sainshand and I also had the opportunity to go camel riding in the Gobi Desert. With two of my students we took the car out to a herder family which has over 300 camels. When visiting all these historical places and when seeing the incredible landscape of Mongolia from a camel back I can only feel happy for how incredibly fortunate I am to have the opportunity to have all these experiences and to meet so many wonderful people on the way.
As an end, last weekend I spent a second night in a ger with the main part of the volunteers from Sainshand; myself from Sweden, American, Chinese, Korean and Japanese volunteers. All working as teachers in different subjects whom have travelled away from home to give something to someone else. I can only feel happy to be a part of a generation where people from so many parts of the words are coming together to create more opportunities for the young generation of Mongolia. And I feel even happier knowing that volunteering work is going on all over the world. Life is good!