Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

When you tell people you are visiting Nagano, they will ask you if you’re going to ski or snowboard. After you tell them you aren’t, there is a small chance they will ask if you are going to see the snow monkey park. Every time you see snow monkeys hanging out in hot springs set […]

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Phoenix Swan Song

This post is part of a series on my favorite spots in Phoenix. To read the other posts, follow these links: UnderTow, Barber Parlor, Phoenix Breweries, Changing Hands / First Draft Book Bar, Bonus Round, Renaissance Hotel, Camelback and Central. My time living in Phoenix has come to a close. There are plenty of mixed […]

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Vertical

English My Love, I cannot go outside today; It is snowing. I will not come but I will wait. When the sun comes out, I will enter your life again. Mongolian (Modern) Амраг минь би гадаа өнөөдөр гарч чадахгүй гадаа цас орж байн. Би чамруу очиж чадахгүй гэхдээ би хүлээнэ. Нар гармагц, бид хамтдаа байх […]

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Spring Blizzard

Snow so white that it glows blue under the gray-lit skies of something not quite night but certainly not the day nor twilight crushes underfoot as heavy sighs lament the hostile whims of their ancestral home. Composed 04/24/14 Author’s Note: Freak snow storms are common in winter here in Mongolia. I was told, apparently, these […]

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March Afternoon

The light is coy, dancing between clouds, making the ground blush. Flurries pushed by fickle winds, falling up we’re upside down. Dead grass free of ice, laconic hails of spring. Composed 03/10/14 Author’s Note: I haven’t seen this too often in Mongolia, but this was one of those days where the ground is too warm […]

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Water Woes

Last year’s winter was pretty tough, but not the toughest for Mongolia. The zud was not as horrendous as many predicted, and most of the country weathered the storm without too many issues. This year, however, has been warm. Uncharacteristically warm: The daylight hours staying above zero degrees Fahrenheit, the nights barely dipping into the […]

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Powder

Rays come through the narrow strips of clouds that lazily hang in the air. Light dances off of the many falling platforms there for them to perform. I squint through my sunglasses, peering at glints of silver and gold and white. Minute rainbows, flashes in a very cold pan, surround my dark brown body. The […]

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