Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hamburgers for Halloween!

So how do you celebrate Halloween in Mongolia? You play "pin the tail on the cat", bob for apples, and dress up in fun costumes. Well, thats what my students and I did for the occasion. The students made masks, some made costumes, others just came dressed as themselves. We bought candies and apples for the event, and handed it out to winners of the games. All in all, it was an easy, hassle-free, and fun time!

On Saturday I hosted a "Halloween party" for all the Dornod (province) PCVs. It was just an excuse for the seven of us to get together to eat, drink, and relax. I made curry and hamburgers which to my delight was feasted upon by John, the some-time vegetarian. Julie and Jasmine made potato salad which was a delicious complement to the burgers. Sarah baked a moist and most savory cake, and the others brought beer to lighten the mood. We ate, we drank, we had fun. No costumes, but it was just a good time to catch up with all the volunteers.

In continuation with the hamburger theme, I once again made the all-american food for my teacher and staff at the school who are also my students. Like all the schools in Mongolia, almost all the teachers and staff are women. So it was no surprise to see six females accompanying me to my house. There, I fired up the hot plate and started to heat the oil. The ladies helped slice the bread, cut the vegetables, and made the patties. We hung out, talked, cooked, and ate the burgers, and I my friends had effectively promoted cross-cultural exchange! boo yah, there you go Peace Corps.

Hamburgers for Halloween pictures!



commy said...

Haha, you know me, a slacker... so I skim your blog posting and this sticks out:

So it was no surprise to see six females accompanying me to my house.

And then I was like whoa,

slice the bread, cut the vegetables, and made the patties

He's got really interesting ways naming "it" jk

hope you're having fun, pictures look awesome

Trinh Thach said...

well.. that's how i am with the ladies! ahhaha.. i kid.

Toan Vo said...

Been reading your blogs religiously - very addicting...more so than those HK dramas...not really, but it's up there! lol

Pictures look great, and glad you're doing well...you know, you do have a way with the ladies...very rico savvy....or not, but who's concerned about that in Mongolia right? RIGHHHHTT! Stay warm!

Trinh Thach said...

hahah.. thanks toan! stay warm with the ladies would solve both problems right?