Between worlds: On homesickness, not feeling like an alien, and finding home

What I look like these days The last few days have been really hard for me, and I thought it was mainly just end of semester fatigue; classes wrap up next week, and teaching four new courses at the same time has definitely been challenging. Plus, another friend died—this time the mother of one of … Continue reading Between worlds: On homesickness, not feeling like an alien, and finding home

Making sense of Mongolia’s environmental issues

The view from my apartment yesterdayThe same view, before the air pollution got too bad I’m slowly getting a handle on the research work I am trying to accomplish while I’m here in Mongolia. Instead of getting course relief to do research, I am doing it on top of teaching four completely new courses and … Continue reading Making sense of Mongolia’s environmental issues

Thanksgiving in Mongolia

Potluck dinner in the dorm's student kitchen For the record, Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. Growing up, I did enjoy the food, but once I became a vegetarian surrounded by omnivores, I lost interest, mainly because of my family’s insistence on the turkey-centered meal. More recently, after my parents died, my brother started … Continue reading Thanksgiving in Mongolia