Preparing for the trip!

I hope this can be a way to put you in my luggage so you can join me on my journey to Mongolia, Sept. 30 – Oct. 20, 2013.  I am going under the auspices of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in EFL/Linguistics, administered by the US Department of State, to work with EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers at the National University of Mongolia in Ulaanbataar, the capitol.

The chair of the American Studies and English Department there and I worked out a proposal that will include some workshops with faculty, visiting schools in which English is taught, and more.  Since I am also a folksinger I offered an all ages musical event at some point, with American folk song singalongs — should be fun!

So, today I got 3 shots and a pill:  flu, Hepatitis A, Hepatitus B, and Typhoid.  Already feeling a bit “weird!” 

I’ve been soliciting ideas for meaningful, light, inexpensive gifts for the teachers and have some good ideas.  Other musicians who belong to the Children’s Music Network have been sending me gift CDs for the teachers, because children’s music is great for English learning.  I’ll bring some of my own CDs, of course!  Other ideas include scarves, wrapped chocolate, Chicago pins or magnets….we shall see.

I really liked the description my contact gave of the Mongolian people – she said “We are very carefree.”  I am eager to see what that means.

Oh, I also bought very warm, insulated Keen hiking boots!




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10 responses to “Preparing for the trip!

  1. Kristin, my friend, you NEVER cease to amaze me! I so love your endless energy and global perspective on life. I anticipate learning much from you in the next month. 🙂

  2. Jane Krentz

    So excited for your wonderful adventure! Congrats!

  3. Great Web Log, Kristin! I look forward to following your adventure. When I traveled to Bosnia (1993) and Vietnam (2010) I took along Foxtails for kids and adults to play with. They were an international hit! Safe travels. Enjoy!!!

  4. Seriously? I get to be the first to congratulate you on this wonderful adventure on your blog? Yay!! Have a wonderful time Kristin. Bon voyage!

  5. This is great. I am so glad that you have this set up so we can ‘be’ with you as you travel. What a wonderful opportunity. Safe travels.

  6. Looking forward to hearing about your trip… Be safe!

  7. Jim Knutson

    What a great “gig”. Have fun and keep us informed.

    Jim & April

  8. Janet McGill

    Looks great. Hope you have a wonderful time on your journey.

  9. Bruce Mocking

    Well, Kristen, I hope your flights have been smooth. I looked on my world map and Ulaanbataar is at virtually the same latitude as Ely, Minn. Brrr..
    But it should be a wonderful and interesting to be there.

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