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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Why don't you go to the beach or something...?
    ...let me count the ways...(why I don't go to the beach)...

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    Pretty sure the beaches are shut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Pretty sure the beaches are shut.
    ...#1...

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    Not a great deal going on here, did get a nice sunset last night but my camera does not really do it justice.


    Have made some summer travel plans, so in mid June I will disappear into the Gobi for 7 days, the destination is apparently some oasis that sees very few visitors. Accommodation will be a tent and the odd ger camp. After that I am making plans to head to Buir Lake- Mongolia's "beach". PGCEi done and dusted and a couple of weeks of online teaching left, I can't wait to hit the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    I will disappear into the Gobi for 7 days,
    On a camel

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    or in a helicopter?

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    Mostly this

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    A cosy tent, are face masks compulsory?

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    It really depends where you are- in central UB they are a must but anywhere else is up to you.
    Signed another contract, so I'm here for 2 more years.

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    ^good luck on your travel plans! I hope they turn out well. Re: Gobi desert, I saw pics of that from a Mongolian acquaintance. That guy went to hike a hill/ mountain? in the desert. He said it was a hard trek. One of his friends gave up in the middle - only 2 of them reached the top. I tour-guided their group when they visited PI last year. Cheers and bon voyage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Signed another contract, so I'm here for 2 more years.
    What changes in teaching practises are shown in the Tarot cards?

    You have had them read, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    What changes in teaching practises are shown in the Tarot cards?

    You have had them read, yes?
    Supposedly we will be back in the classroom in September, but if there is a second wave I suspect we will be back to the situation we have now. Hopefully better treatment and understanding of COVID-19 will be around by then. I actually don't think social distancing with kids is sustainable, a walk in the local park made me think of this and it is a huge open space. In the confines of a classroom it will be impossible.

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    Classrooms have always been a breeding crowd for disease. Just let them get on with it and make them wash their hands more.

    I've more sneezes in the face than I have had hot dinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I've more sneezes in the face than I have had hot dinners.
    ...and that's just at home...

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    We've seen armstrong's hot dinners.

    It's clear why a sneeze in the face might not be much different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    we will be back to the situation we have now
    These will get you through:

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    or this suit, as worn by "THE LORD":

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    Enjoy your holidays, Loopy - they sound great ideas. Once you leave Mongolia, you may never go back, so see all you can. But, two more years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Have made some summer travel plans, so in mid June I will disappear into the Gobi for 7 days, the destination is apparently some oasis that sees very few visitors. Accommodation will be a tent and the odd ger camp. After that I am making plans to head to Buir Lake- Mongolia's "beach". PGCEi done and dusted and a couple of weeks of online teaching left, I can't wait to hit the road.
    ...so, summer holiday from Mongolia...more Mongolia...what was your first choice?...

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    ^ RU planning on popping back to the US Tom, i think all our options are limited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    ^ RU planning on popping back to the US Tom, i think all our options are limited.
    ...not this year: trying to avoid all self-quarantining situations...aiming for next summer, if all goes well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I've more sneezes in the face than I have had hot dinners.
    That immediately reminded me of this short poem from Alice in Wonderland:

    “Speak roughly to your little boy
    and beat him when he sneezes!
    he only does it to annoy,
    because he knows it teases!”

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...so, summer holiday from Mongolia...more Mongolia...what was your first choice?...
    The pre covid plan was to spend a month traveling around Mongolia then 2 months in Thailand/Myanmar/Laos.
    Updated plan is shorter in country trips as they occasionally close all the roads in and out of UB at the moment and I don't really want to be trapped in the countryside. I suppose the sensible solution would be to stay in UB

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    Sun is out so headed for the river- no beach this year, but grateful for the lack of lock-down, strict social distancing etc...

    had a paddle, it is still a little nippy given that it only really melted a couple of months ago. I'd certainly drive further out of the city for a proper dip though!

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    One of the best things about the long holidays is being able to hike as much as I like. Today I just picked a hill I liked the look of it and started hiking up it.






    Refueled on South Korean food

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    ^ got to say Mandy the food there always looks rather good or do you go to the high end places?

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    Yeah, I don't really go to many hole in the wall places I must admit. I could do a few photos on that I guess

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