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Mercy, where does one begin?  I’ve been in Asia less than a week, hit two countries, spent more than I expected and seen more than I can imagine.  I’m overwhelmed to say the least.  I’ve written a few things on FB.  However, sometimes you just need something more than a status update, you know?

I’m sitting in my hotel room at the Chinggis Khan hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where it is currently 11 degrees at 4pm.  The sun is shining and the air pollution cloud hanging over the city isn’t too awful, I mean I can still tell there are mountains to the right.  I was going to post all my pics on picasa but it was blocked in China.  of course, who am I kidding, so was FB and I’ve just been putting everything there.  I’m trying to ease off and use this more often but FB is a hard habit to break.

Too bad it’s 1am in Colorado and 2am in Liberal.  Thought I’d call the folks.

If you want the WHAT story check out FB.  I’m going to try to share some of the rest of the story here.  I’m also going to have time in Cambodia, I think, and will try and finish my scrapbooks for China and Mongolia and have them shipped home so they are waiting for me when I get there.  How awesome fun will that be!?!

I have 2-3 hours before I’m picked up for the New Year/Spring Festival celebration that begins tonight.  It’s eat, eat, eat, until you may burst.  I’m not totally certain but it is something about eating to ward off hunger for the coming year, I think.  Hoping to learn more tonight.  Not sure how much I’ll even understand in the 5-6 hours I’ll be there but it will be good.

Please, if you hear nothing else, hear this.  LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE! AND LEARN IT WELL. It makes travel so much richer when you know what’s going on.  At least it does for me.  I find when I’m in a new country I just go around observing for the first several days.  I relate thing to what I already know and I just want to soak it all in.  I’m not really much of a talker at that point in my travel.  I know it may seem contradictory to what you know of me but it is true.  I’m happy to talk but it’s as if I don’t know what to say and need the host to lead the conversation.  That’s certainly where I am now.

I’m tired.  I feel like it’s a long time until I sleep again.  Need to try and get everything packed.  Then maybe a nap before it’s time to leave for the celebration.  5 am check-out will come awfully early tomorrow.  sigh.

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