Internet at the flat is broken, so figured I’d do a quick update from an internet cafe.
All good here, Ulaanbaatar is dirty and noisy and pretty much a complete dive but it’s great to be somewhere different and you can see mountains wherever you are. The flat I’m staying in is lovely, and makes it very easy to forget you’re in a third world country until you look outside the window…
Host family is away until tonight but I’m being looked after by the elder sister, and I made a friend on the plane who offered to show me around Ulaanbaatar before I even told him my name, which I thought was a little forward until the exact same thing happened with a couple I met on the next flight, and then the woman at the airport who sold me my sim card insisted she give me her email address so I could contact her if I needed help, so no shortage of the famous Mongolian hospitality here.
My induction is on Monday and I start work on Tuesday. They’re putting me in a children’s protection center, which is a government organization that provides support for troubled children or kids in disadvantaged families (there are a lot of problems with alcoholism in Mongolia). Have been told I’m the only English teacher, so suddenly feeling the responsibility.
I asked my host sister about the music scene in UB, and apparently Mongolian pop culture is 10 years behind ours: it turns out Westlife did a gig in Ulaanbataar a couple of days ago (I think they are pretty big here). However, managed to find a nightclub with “trance” and “techno” in its music policy, so all is not lost.
Back to my tour of the city. Hope all is well back in the UK… 🙂