|Gandan in winter|
Overview: This week has been and will continue to be crammed packed with activities, tours, meeting and greeting, church events, dinners, unusual sights, and working on our Family History and writing assignments. I will be able to post blogs one day at a time and sometimes even one notable event at a time.
|Our tour group: Tawny, Naranstesteg, Tara, Darlene, Oyun, and Val - Tassa took the picture|
|Entrance to Gandan|
|Pidgeons were everywhere|
Day one - Monday: We woke up Monday to a beautful snowy day. This was the only light, fluffy snowfall all winter. It wasn't too cold. There was already about 3 inches of snow on the ground and it snowed lightly all day until about 4:30 pm. The scenes we visited were stunning and gorgeous.
We took our three daughters on a city tour with Jangar as our tour guide. His is as humorous as he is informative. Two of our daughters (Tara, Tassa) were new to Mongolia and one (Tawny) had served her as a missionary from 1998 to 2000. Much of what she saw was new to her also as Ulaanbaatar has changed dramatically in the last 13 years.
We started off the day visting the Gandan Monstery, then went to the Khan Winter and Summer Palace Museums, then a tour of a Cashmere factory and finally we went to
Zaison monument on a hill overlooking Ulaanbaatar for the commemoration of the 20th year dedication of Mongolia for the preaching of the gospel.
|A woman spinning a prayer wheel|
|Two happy monks having a laugh|
|And checkng out the ladies|
|Bird feeding was an adventure|
|Monks out for a walk|
Day Four - Thursday: a trip and tour of 13th National Park, the Chinggis Khan Monument,
camel rides, and a Song and Dance Performance.
|An elephant, monkey, rabbit and pidgeon - four symbols of the Buddhist religion in Asia|
Day Five - Friday: Preparing and participating in the Family History Open House. and dinner with Timur and Manduhai's family. Our daughters had their own full agenda of food shopping, charity work and visiting with Tawny's friends and companions.
|These feet were made for walking - if your not good, they will walk all over you|
|Three sisters making Gandan look good or visa-versa|
|Tassa looking like Julia Roberts in Mongolia|
|Tawny is quite at home in Mongolia - black hat and all|
|Tara with snowflakes in her hair|
|Mongolia is a friendly country - despite occasional grimace from the locals|
|Saying goodbye to Gandan|
|A portion of the audience attened the returned missionary fireside. The first missionary called from Mongolia, Batchimeg, is speaking. Jangar, our tour guide, has his face turned toward the camera.|
|Tanwy with two brothers and their wives - she had hosted the young man on the right in Redwood City, CA when he served a mission there. His brother on the left and his wife attend the marriage seminars.|
|A former companion, Natarnststeg, is on the left and a convert now serving as a missionary, Sister Manduhai, is on the right.|