The circus came to town - the "Circus on Ice" that is. A performing troupe from Russia with professional and former Olympic ice skaters do amazing and showy circus acts.
They are in Ulaanbaatar for about 8 days with a performance each night and additional matinee performances on the weekends.
|The building is a circular auditorium designed for performances like this. It is called "The Circus". The Russians are famous for their circus performances. This love of circus is a cultural legacy from 70 years of Mongolian/Russian relationships.|
|Elders Wood and Stewart, Sisters Stewart Wood and Farmer with me on the end. Elder Wood is tall and needed the leg room on the aisle.|
|A Mongolian clown warmed up the audience|
We try to keep alert for events in Mongolia that are a bit out of the ordinary. We keep looking for a Mongolian wrestling event but the only ones so far we've seen advertised have been on Sunday. Maybe we'll get lucky before our mission is over.
We are going to the Nutcracker ballet on Dec. 21 - a Friday night. We have our own mission Christmas program for missionaries on Christmas Day. The church members have a top quality choir that puts on a Christmas performance for the public every year. They have been in rehearsal for two months already.
There are a lot of special things to see and do on New Year's eve (fireworks) and day to look forward to.
All of this makes the dreary and cold winter go by quicker. Don't feel sorry for us in Mongolia. Life doesn't stop at all for the Mongolians or for any of us.
Now on with the show!!!
|Dancing on elevated skates|