Deep Fried Kindness

There is something about Kindness that touches me deeply. I type this with one hand and eating a piece of deep-fried goodness. It’s called bannock. I love bannock, in a variety of forms, but today it’s not what has filled me up. It’s kindness. Two heads appeared at the back door during dinner rush tonight with…

Temple Time

The colours of fall are upon us. This can only mean on thing: FLASH BACK TIME! Rewind four and a half months, location: a world away – Continent: Asia Come with me as we take a tour to… The Gandun/g. Translation: It’s Temple Time. When we were nearing our time in Mongolia, our team took…

Don’t Use the D-Word…

So you met Zack and Joey! Aren’t they cool? Well, I think it’s time I touched a bit more about our MK kids, and why I haven’t talked much about them before. Sure, they’ve been mentioned. If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that I think they’re awesome and sometimes we do fun things together,…

Field Day

The sun is hot and we are all sticky with sweat – behind the knees, in the creases of my elbows, and the sun beats at the back of my neck. The warm wind doesn’t cool so much as cover everyone with a layer of dust that is the cherry on top to the already…

Five in a Row: Bodz & Bodily Functions

Part of a series of 5 to give you a glimpse of the last week and why it’s been different than our regular routine. Once upon a Tuesday, it was Sagan-Sar. The day had come. Literally translated, “Sagan-Sar” means “White Month” and is one of the biggest Mongolian holidays in the year: The Lunar New…

A Man Named Tuesday, a Boy Named Bo

Sunday. Day 50 of our time in Mongolia. I meet a boy named Bo. Bo is not actually Mongolian. We met at International church. I don’t know much about Bo, and consequently this story is not really about him. The significance of Bo here is his name. I like it. Meeting Bo reminded me of…

La-la-la-language!

Language school is fun. No really, it is. Spending 15 hours a week learning Mongolian is not something I ever thought I’d do, but it’s something I have been enjoying! We get to point a lot, like this… …as we learn item names and repeat repeat repeat them. The other day we had 51 food…

Of Eyebrows and Reindeer

I’m sitting on Adele’s lap, my head cocked at an obscure angle to avoid the car roof. There are 7 of us crammed into Tamira’s little Nissan when I realize we are five days and 86 Mongolian words into our assignment phase and we can say “camel”, “whatever” and “eyebrow” but have no idea how…