Our First Big Event

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFriday night we went to The Asia Foundation’s party to celebrate their 20th anniversary in Mongolia; more information and some really gorgeous photos are available here. It was quite the gala: almost 500 people in the ballroom of the Ulaanbaatar Hotel, from national and city government, foreign embassies*, NGOs and business. For us, it was a great opportunity to meet people, and I even talked to a young Mongolian man who’d recently graduated from my alma mater. (He could be a good work contact for me, too, if he doesn’t mind that I don’t care AT ALL about the athletic success of our university’s teams.)

The program included a lot of recognition of the government officials and civil society representatives who have partnered with The Asia Foundation over the years, which meant it was a good introduction to a range of local players and their projects. Also featured were two folk music groups, who performed in front of a slide show of scenes from the Mongolian landscape. Camel trekking across the Gobi desert! And now I’ve heard Mongolian throat singing!

*The diplomatic corps here are a particularly unassuming bunch. We heard two stories of “Oh, you work at the XXX embassy — what do you do there?” “I’m the ambassador.”

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  1. mbogert476@yahoo.com

    How is your wardrobe doing???

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Pulled a dress and boots out of one of the still-packed boxes and was fine. Based on one night, it seems women’s styles here are less flashy than in Malaysia, which is helpful for me!

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