Waiting for Mongolia’s borders to open again

Brand new Monarch butterfly A new post is long overdue. A lot of things have been happening, and I’ve been having a hard time writing. Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the movement that’s responding to George Floyd’s murder by police in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor’s murder by police in Louisville, and Auhmad Arbery’s murder by … Continue reading Waiting for Mongolia’s borders to open again

A rainy weekend at Lake Khuvsgul, Mongolia’s “Dark Blue Pearl”

As our time in Mongolia began winding down, Emma and I wanted to take one more trip outside of Ulaanabaatar. There is so much of the country we didn’t have time to see because she was in school and I was working. We thought about the Gobi, but we see so many desert landscapes in … Continue reading A rainy weekend at Lake Khuvsgul, Mongolia’s “Dark Blue Pearl”

Eco Town: Building community in Ulaanbaatar’s outskirts

Ecotown On a hillside overlooking the western end of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, rests Eco Town, a community served by an organization that is trying to improve life in the city’s unplanned settlements known as ger districts. Eco Town is the name of an NGO run by Odgerel Gansukh, a man who has a vision of community … Continue reading Eco Town: Building community in Ulaanbaatar’s outskirts

“Thirty Minutes, Three Temples!” A visit to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbaatar

This post is mostly going to be photos. I finally made it to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum yesterday. Emma and I had tried to go together last spring, but it was closed, and then we ran out of time. So it was near the top of my list for this quick trip back to … Continue reading “Thirty Minutes, Three Temples!” A visit to the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbaatar

Making the invisible visible: Building a network of mobile air pollution sensors for Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar on October 8, 2018, with pollution haze visible. The worst pollution, though, is what you don't see. One of my main interests in Mongolia has been the air pollution, and I’ve been talking to different people about the problem and their solutions for it. I had a chance to tour Froit VanderHarst’s energy efficient … Continue reading Making the invisible visible: Building a network of mobile air pollution sensors for Mongolia