I just got off the phone with my mum, Luke and Ellen and it sounds like there was an earthquake in Michigan (technically in Canada, but was felt in MI) a couple days ago?? The world is ending, isn't it? Poop. I had so much more to do, too.
In other news, we actually had thunder AND lightning for like 20 minutes one day, it was awesome. I really missed it... going to sleep during the thunderstorm is the best thing ever. Sadly there wasn't any rain with the mini-storm but it was really windy and so it got pretty dusty. Earlier in the week there was a huge dust storm but followed by rain so the dust settled down. The weather has been really hot for the past couple days- in the 90's (97 yesterday! UGH) but it's not humid so it's pretty tolerable.
During one of my walks to school, I saw (what I think was) a cow leg bone... with hoof still attached. Oh Mongolia. Bones are a really common thing (people throw them out the window and dogs will chew on them), but I hadn't seen an attached hoof until that point.
On Wednesday we went as a class to our local hospital, to the traditional medicine branch. There we saw them do acupuncture, moxibuston (totally spelled that wrong I think, but it's like acupuncture but with a burning tip to create pressure) and cupping (putting pressurized cups on areas of the body, which is supposed to improve circulation, but creates a really huge bruise as well. We watched some actual patients get these treatments, which made for an interesting conversation afterwords. For example, one lady had bad GI issues, which we were told after acupuncture and diet changes she didn't have pain as much. But is that the acupuncture, or is that the diet change? Or both? I'm interested in people's thoughts on this...
Friday the healthies did some karaoke... or at least for 10 minutes and then the power went out... in the whole of the city! It was entertaining for about 15 more minutes and then we decided to leave, using our cellphones (which are now glorified alarm clocks) as our guides back. I payed for that night on Saturday morning though... the elevation of Mongolia makes it so you can't tolerate as much alcohol as you would in the US. Whoops. But the afternoon was nice, full of good discussion.
This week one of the PCVs (who is going home next month) is hooking us up with some food stuffs from UB (the capital, which we are not allowed to go to under any circumstances as trainees until the end of our training), like mozzarella cheese... can you say awesome pizza? Food has been a big topic of discussion lately. I could so go for a Jimmy Johns sandwich right about now. :( I wonder if they could do the freaky fast delivery out here.
Ah, and shout out to the PCV parents reading my blog :) Apparently I have some fans!