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Party Success!

07.12.2009 in Culture

We had such a great time Friday night at our kickoff Holiday Party and Fundraiser! Friends, new and old, and family all joined us at Roq La Rue to celebrate with wine and music.  We presented our plan and everybody donated generously to help us…

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A Horse Race in Mongolia

27.11.2009 in Culture

Archery, wrestling, and several hundred miles of horse racing… every July the Naadam Festival takes place all over Mongolia. These are the 3 “manly” sports… although the jockeys in the horse races are exclusively children, and the chestless wrestling uniform exists to keep women from…

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Baatar Hero’s Premier Holiday Party!

20.11.2009 in Uncategorized

In two weeks we will be celebrating the holidays at local art gallery, Roq La Rue, with our first fundraising event.  We hope to entertain and educate our friends and family with more info about the Mongol Rally and Mercy Corps.  We also have morin…

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Mongol Hip Hop

20.11.2009 in Uncategorized

Post-Soviet Mongolian Hip Hop explores a new found freedom of expression, cultural identity, and… nationalism? Incorporating khoomei throat singing and traditional themes, Hip Hop in Mongolia takes fewer cues from the West than it has in other countries. Definitely more Genghis Khan than Chaka Khan….

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Alcoholism in Mongolia

14.11.2009 in Culture

Lousia Lim examines the long lasting effect cheap alcohol, used as a tool for colonizing Mongolia by both the Russians and Chinese, has had on the country’s culture and economy. Alcoholism in Mongolia // Current Subprime Herders in Mongolia // Current

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Subprime Herders in Mongolia

05.11.2009 in Culture

Mongolia may seem like one of the most remote places on the planet, but it still couldn’t escape the reach of sub-prime lending. Even as the IMF declares the worst of the global recession is over, and the economy starts to rebound here at home,…

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Ninja Miners of Mongolia

29.10.2009 in Culture

NPR recently had a week long series on Mongolia that I wrote a little bit about on Current.com. Each day of the series focused on a different aspects of the Mongolian culture or economy. I’m going to repost one of these articles each week for…

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Feeling Nostalgic

28.10.2009 in Uncategorized

Two years ago today, after three days of trekking through the Nepali wilderness, Kim and I took a spectacular mountain view flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu for our last day in Nepal. Looking back on that now, I remember of course the frustration we…

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Khoomei-Taiko Project

26.10.2009 in Culture

Last night Baatar Hero witnessed an awesome and rare performance. We went to a World Affairs Council Global Classroom event at Town Hall to learn a little more about Mongolia, and my expectations were blown away.  Our evening began with a presentation for local teachers…

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Going To Mongolia

16.10.2009 in Uncategorized

I have mentioned in previous posts about our interest in traveling to Mongolia next. Well, we are excited to announce that we now have a plan to get there. Next summer we are going on the Mongol Rally! The Mongol Rally is a 10,000 mile…

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The Pitch

16.10.2009 in Uncategorized

I sent this email out today to launch the site and announce to friends and family that we are participating in the Mongol Rally. The time has come again when Kim and I set about taking another long and far flung journey around the world. …

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Website Complete

09.10.2009 in Uncategorized

It’s taken a while to get the fundraising widget set up and put the finishing touches on this site.  There is actually quite a bit still to work on, but I think we’re ready (enough) to launch this thing!

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