8 days to go

So it seems like yesterday as well as years ago that i arrived in Mongolia, not knowing where i was or how on earth i was going to do my job for the next year. Now i am sitting here in the factory preparing to leave and to be honest it makes me feel sick. Ive met many people here and you get close fast so leaving is going to be hard, thankfully one friend will be leaving on the train with me or as she says ‘its her job to get me on the train’. So next Saturday we will board a train to Beijing to begin another adventure but with 2 big suitcases. Im pretty sure i will both cry as well as be sick on the train but c’est la vie.

So my final few weeks have been fantastic, partly because its been a busy time with National holidays but also because the summer here is incredible and well deserved after 8 months of winter. Maybe summer can only be this good when it is well deserved.

I wont go into detail of all the trips and adventures but they all revolve around Nadaam Festival as well as Mongolias only music Festival ‘Playtyime’, a rock festival which really isnt my cup of tea but we had a great time, it was hot, hot, beer was cheap and the setting was spectacular.

Other trips were twice to Terelj and also Nadaam in Nailakh, alot of sleeping in tents, Gers, climbing mountains, visiting Monasterys, BBQ on the hill, endless fun, basically getting dirty in the countryside, it was a great 2 weeks off work.

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About rdamm

I am about to embark upon a V.S.O. placement for one year in UB, Mongolia. I shall be working as a textile designer at Mongol Nekhmel, a textile company that produces cashmere, yak and camel hair clothing and homeware. I shall be sharing the skills i have gained in the last 10 years as a designer, creating connections and helping to open-up the products to the European and Japanese markets, therefore hopefully assisting to bring herding communities out of poverty. The views expressed in this blog are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of V.S.O. www.vso.org.uk www.vsointernational.org
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