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    Mandy get a warm coat and some colder weather gear tomorrow. MBK. Dude you are going from one of the hottest climates to one of the coldest. I doubt there will be super shopping there either.

    Dont want you walking through the front gate the first day looking like this..


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    Free housing means you're stuck with whatever they deem acceptable, and free transport to the supermarket... Means that it's far away?

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    Although 26bht for a beer will keep you warm.

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    On the rebound, so he might need that cheap beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Free housing means you're stuck with whatever they deem acceptable, and free transport to the supermarket... Means that it's far away?
    Did ask about that- apparently, it is in walking distance to work and the supermarket, which is fine in summer, but when it is -40 out they recommend you don't spend extended time outside.

    As for quality, I'm expecting a soviet towerblock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    apparently, it is in walking distance to work and the supermarket,
    I'd find out what they construe as walking distance. Even Lil Luigi can walk 8km in one go.

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    A little insight:
    The Mongolian highlife – one teacher’s experience in Ulaanbaatar

    Posted[at]7 Jan 2015, by[at]Chris Dwyer

    When looking for a new overseas teaching destination, many teachers dream of year-round sun, balmy tropical evenings, and free time spent relaxing at the nearest beach or pool. Not so for international teacher Chris Dwyer, who decided to move to the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, where temperatures plummet to an unforgiving -30C in winter. Teacherhorizons blog editor Sammy asked Chris a few questions about his experience so far.

    1. What made you choose Mongolia as a teaching destination?

    My wife was looking to transition from teaching ESL to teaching at an International School. We went to a job fair in Bangkok, and Mongolia presented itself as the best and most intriguing option.

    2. What’s the best thing about living and teaching in Mongolia?

    The best thing is that you can save a lot of money. The cost of living is low, and we are paid in USD. The economy has not been good lately, but it makes living very cheap for us. Also, the women are stunning! The best thing about teaching is that the students are really fun to work with, and for the most part have exceptional English ability. (At least compared to Korea.)


    3. So, about the weather…

    The weather is extreme at both ends. In the summer I’ve been told it can get as high as +40C. (We are connected to the Gobi desert.) I haven’t been here in the height of summer. The winters can get as cold as -40C, but last year I believe the coldest day was around -35C. Although this sounds brutal, it’s possible to stay comfortable just by dressing in layers because the cold is very dry.

    Ulaanbaatar is at an elevation of about 1400 metres, so this has a big effect on the environment. The dryness produces a lot of static electricity all winter! We don’t get a lot of precipitation as a result, so blizzards are not often a problem. Heavy pollution is more of a problem, since people burn a lot of low-grade coal to stay warm and avoid freezing. That coal goes into the air, unfiltered, and sets down on the city like a heavy fog on the worst of days. Also, because Mongolians are heavy drinkers, men who pass out after a heavy night can freeze to death in the streets.

    4. So apart from exercising moderation, what can you do to deal with the weather and pollution?

    Dress warm in layers. Wear a carbon filter mask, which serves the double purpose of filtering the air and keeping your face warm. I generally try to avoid being outside for long in the winter.

    5. How do you get around? Is walking out of the question?

    I love to walk, but it’s not always a good option for safety reasons. Especially at night. So we take an English-speaking taxi service, but mostly we just hail “any” taxi. Many Mongolians who are not official taxis will pick up fares to make a bit of extra money. Fares are generally cheap, anywhere from 1-2 US dollars.

    6. What’s the food like? Have you eaten anything weird?

    Mongolians have traditionally had access to mostly meat and dairy, and so their diet consists heavily of these. They tend to turn their nose up at vegetables, calling them “goat food”. I was once offered sheep innards – didn’t eat it. I did drink “Aireg” more than once, which is fermented mare’s milk. It has an intensely sour, acidic taste, but once it coats your tongue it becomes bearable. If you drink enough of it, you’ll get drunk, but I can’t say I have. I’ve also drunk its cousin but I can’t remember the name. It’s like vodka, but it smells and tastes like a barn.

    7. What do people do for fun in Ulaanbaatar?

    Mongolian traditional leisure activities are wrestling, archery and horseback riding. Not so much in the city. In the city it’s all about showing off new wealth and trying to appear high in social rank. Because of the soviet-era influence, activities like going to the ballet are very popular.

    As for expats, there is an active nightlife and a decent club scene, for those who are into it. Some other activities such as salsa dancing are available. As for myself, I’m so busy this year, that just having a night off to watch a movie is awesome.

    8. What advice would you have for someone thinking about going to live/work in Mongolia?

    Bring a high-quality mask that can filter 99% of airborne particles. Don’t walk around alone at night. Don’t be reckless. Be prepared for culture shock if you haven’t lived in a developing country. Practice your tough face. Get out of the city and into the countryside as much as possible
    The guy has a blog too, although he?'s moved to Africa now.

    Heres some pics of his travels around Mongolia.
    https://chriscontent.wordpress.com/2...-other-places/

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    That's all okay, but how easy are the stunning looking high-cheekboned women to fuck ?

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    And for less than 100k thb a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Did find a video on the local food:
    Your going to need the gym membership. How much to you weigh now? A 6 month report would be useful. No Mongolian lass wanted an English lesson yet?

    Looks like a sampling menu would have been more useful.

    Get out and about before the winter!

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    It's been a very long day, started with a pleasant flight to Hong Kong

    Had myself a nice boozy breakfast

    3 hours in Hong Kong and it was time to head to UB

    Arrived!

    The apartment: school had already set up the internet, got some food, which even included some beers in the fridge


    They even had a Yeomans effort at making the bed 555

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    Jeez, that's alright, dude. Quite a nice place. Er....those windows are double-glazed to keep out the cold, I guess.

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    Yes, nice setup. That double glazing will come in handy when it's 40c below.

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    ^, ^^... cold cold cold cold cold...

    Wow, we have more ants than grasshoppers here. For now enjoy the cold beer and summer in Ulan Bator.

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    Newbie mistake- slept with the window open- they aren't kidding about the pollution

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    Worse than Bangkok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post

    Did find a video on the local food:
    That food looks very inviting! I note the prices are comparable to Thailand, eg 26 baht for a cup of milk tea. 260bhat for the lamb head dish. Not street food price but comparable mediocre Thai restaurant prices. So much lamb!! Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Worse than Bangkok?
    Today's AQI in UB is 59, while BKK is 14. During the Mongolian winter it can be very bad I am told
    https//

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    Grim...

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    Yes, for those that cannot afford masks and air purifiers winter can be fatal. Todays task is to find both of those. It is only 13 degrees today so need warmer clothes- shorts have gone in the wardrobe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    shorts have gone in the wardrobe
    ...along with shrunken gonads, I assume...

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    Lunch today is Tsuivan- beef noodles with veggies basicly

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    Place looks nice. TV, bath, internet and an oven. Should help with the cold evenings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    That food looks very inviting! I note the prices are comparable to Thailand, eg 26 baht for a cup of milk tea. 260bhat for the lamb head dish. Not street food price but comparable mediocre Thai restaurant prices. So much lamb!! Enjoy.
    That guy must be an idiot. He reckons it's difficult getting genuine mongolian food in UlaanBaatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    That guy must be an idiot. He reckons it's difficult getting genuine mongolian food in UlaanBaatar.
    No, I think he was referring to a lack of Mongolian restaurants, or restaurants, full stop.
    Can't be bothered watching it again, so I could be wrong. That's just my memory of my impression.

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