Friday, February 29, 2008

Mongolians! Stop tearing down my shitty wall!

Finally, over a year work coming to fruition. A lot of pain and anguish getting paperwork submitted and then re-done. Many hoops to jump through, and a lot of hurdles to clear, but its here:

Yes my friends, thats the actual invite package from the Peace Corps! I've been accepted to join the next group of volunteers shipping out this June to Mongolia. I'll be a Primary Education English Teacher, working with kids again, YAY!

So what exactly went through my mind when I got this package after months of waiting? I'm not going to lie, the first thing that popped in my head was... "Damn, shit is going to be cold." And after looking up wikipedia to verify, I was sadly informed that I was right.
Most of the country is hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter, with January averages dropping as low as -30°C (-22°F). (wikipedia)
Yeah, weather in the extremes! To make matters worse, the winter is a lot longer than the other seasons. So this is what I'm going to look forward to the next 27 months of my life? I hope not.

After pulling myself together, I realized the people there have been surviving in those conditions for thousands of years, why can't I? Other than the weather, I really have no qualms with me being in Mongolia. I've seen those travel channel shows, often picturesque green fields with mountains in the backdrop. Horse riders, grown men wrestling, yurts, and roaming herds. Thinking of these images ease my thoughts, and cleared any trepidation that I had. This will be an adventure to look forward to!

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