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“Is this enough fat?”: Travels in Mongolia

February 15, 2010

We’d been in Mongolia for about 36 hours and were sitting on footstools around a small, low table inside a ger. My wrist was starting to ache and Anjel had developed a blister on her right index finger from the large cleaver. We were getting tired, but there was a large pile of still-frozen mutton […]

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Mongol Money and Multiple Writing Systems

January 11, 2010

The Mongolian currency is the Togrog. The exchange rate is roughly 1470 Togrog to 1 US Dollar. Throughout most of Europe, thanks to the prevalence of €2 coins, it’s pretty easy to have a pocket full of change that adds up to more than $30. As an American, where a pocket full of change is […]

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The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

January 5, 2010

Back in 2007 I read an article on BoingBoing about a small “museum” of Soviet-era Video Games that had been opened by a couple of students in the basement of a small technical university about 30 minutes outside the center of Moscow. The article was accompanied by awesome pictures of hulking consoles that looked like […]

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“Russians are clever” : Arriving in Russia

December 20, 2009

“Russians are clever” – Part 1 (9010) This is the lock on the door of the home we stayed at in St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s a sizeable deadbolt with three pins that sink into a heavy duty steel frame around the door. The key, which is two-sided and looks like a modern version of a […]

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Historical Context: The Pony Express

August 13, 2009

As we travelled East through Nevada along Highway 50, we passed several historic small towns which listed Pony Express stations as part of their claim to fame. The Pony Express was established in April 1860 and shortened the travel time of mail from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast to 10 days – a […]

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