On Wednesday Ricardo, the director of the Language Education Institute at MIU, and I took an overnight train to the city of Erdenet, the second largest city in Mongolia with a population of about 100,000. Compared to Ulaanbaatar, Erdenet is much more organized, cleaner, more well-constructed, and quieter.
We went to talk to our friend Ruslan, a Russian pastor of a Mongolian church there. We had a good day with him and his wife. We talked of his church, the 17 years they have lived in Mongolia, and of the possibility of opening a branch of LEI there to teach English. It was a worthwhile time and Ricardo and I will be talking with MIU about the next steps we should take.
The train ride there and back was interesting. It was raining Wednesday evening when the train left Ulaanbaatar. It is a twelve hour ride. One can drive there in about four hours, but it was a good experience to take the train. The morning began sunny and cool.. a beautiful day. Beautiful views from the train as we traveled through the countryside of Mongolia!!
We spent the day with Ruslan, had dinner with his wife and him, and then took the evening train back to UB. The trip was worthwhile, though we arrived back in UB at 8 in the morning tired!
The following photos are of the train ride. The city photos are of Erdenet and our time with Ruslan.
|Ricardo at the Erdenet train station|
|Me at the Erdenet train station|
|Me, Ruslan and Ricard in front of the church Ruslan is pastor of|
|Ruslan showing us his stuff on the guitar... :)|