Molly's Journey to the West

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My friend Mike from Canada came through town. We met in Mongolia 1.5 years before! You can read about our adventures in my Gobi Desert posts. Hello friends, The holiday season has arrived! Christmas lights are popping up all over the city, outdoor ice skating rinks are open, and I can hear the distant sound of holiday music as I walk through downtown Minneapolis. It is a welcoming sound and I look… Read More

The view of the Mississippi River from the Washington Pedestrian Bridge on the University of Minnesota Campus Hello friends, It’s raining here in Minnesota and the early Spring flowers are finally blooming. This last weekend, my roommate and I spent most of our Saturday morning cleaning up our garden, so to prepare for planting this week. We’re hoping that the freezing season is officially over. Also, my local neighborhood association met up… Read More

Frozen Willow Falls with my brother and sister. I hiked here with my brother last year too. I was happy to bring my twin sister along this time to hike in the beautiful Willow Falls State Park. Hello friends, I hope all of you are taking care of yourselves. I have some good news! In late April, there is an Outdoor Adventure Expo hosted by Midwest Mountaineering, an outdoor equipment store, in… Read More

Hello friends, I am back home in Minnesota. I arrived 3 days ago. As I write, I am sitting in my family’s porch, enjoying the view of the lake. It’s a sunny, hot morning. I can hear the bees flying about, foraging for pollen and nectar. The birds are chirping and the red-wing-black-birds are squawking. I can also hear crickets and frogs. These are the benefits of living next to a marsh… Read More

My friend Davaakhuu escorted me to the train station.¬†Goodbye Mongolia. Hello friends, as I write I am relaxing at TransSib Hostel in Irkusck, Russia. I got off the TransSiberian train this morning after 1.5 days of travel from Ulaanbaatar. Before I mention too much about the train, I’ll catch you up with the end of my Mongolia trip and Naadam! The last you heard of me was about Toro Band, the infamous… Read More

Heath’s host sister Nomou, Hello friends, I have been feeling a little under the weather the last couple days. So, this is the perfect opportunity to relax and catch up with my blog. I am in Dariganga still. I finished camp last week and have been keeping myself busy. The day camp ended, the counselors decided to rent a meaker and to explore the Dariganga countryside. Heath told us there were some… Read More

Nadam is just around the corner. Boys under 13 years old are allowed to race horses, so I have seen young boys practicing these last few days. Hello again. I woke up to the news that DOMA was determined unconstitutional and now gay marriage can be acknowledged in any state! So, soon enough gay couples can marry and have the same rights as heterosexual couples! What a great way to start the… Read More

Heath got a package from his Grandma. Look how happy he is with that can of peaches! Hello friends, I know it has been awhile. I have been traveling all around Mongolia for the last 3 weeks and I finally am in a place with reliable internet. I am in Sukhbaatar, which is in the SE part of Mongolia. As I type, I am sitting in Heath’s ger, listening to the pitter-patter… Read More

Hello friends, I am still in Ulaanbaatar. I will be leaving in couple days to the north. My friend, Heath, and I will go to Erdenet to visit some Peace Corp Volunteers and to do some sightseeing. I am looking forward to seeing my old college friend again. It has been over a year since we last saw each other! In my last post I told you about the end of my… Read More

Hello friends, as I type I am lounging on a comfy couch with my couchsurfing host, Alex. Alex is a post peace corps volunteer and now she works at the American University of Mongolia as an English teacher. I will stay in her studio apartment until early next week, where then I will meet with my college buddy, Heath, and we will travel together! I am very lucky to have Heath as… Read More