1. China Little Monster Revealed

    For Halloween, my ESL students created masks using shapes and colors they recently learned. In this photo, Jason took his mask down to yell "Boo!", a cultural note he discovered he really liked!

  2. Thailand The Bathroom Chronicles

    In the bathroom this morning, doing business as usual, except, for some reason, today is different. I still have almost-diarrhea (AD), which, as the name implies, isn't quite diarrhea but still isn't quite kosher. I like to call it Harey Diarrhea (HD), because it's as if halfway through the race diarrhea just decided to stop and take a nap. I've had AD, or HD, take your pick, let's just start calling it ADHD, every day at site thus far. Not fun. Sometimes my progress is tormentingly slo...

  3. China Matriarch

    A woman from the Naxi minority in Yunnan province. Today, many Naxi continue to wear the traditional dress.

  4. Mongolia Towering Over

    Horse riders were able to get a great view of the Naadam horse race this July.

  5. Mongolia Huushuur

    During Naadam, Mongolia's national summer festival, it's traditional to eat huushuur, a fried pastry with meat inside. Here are some ladies mixing the meat and pressing the dough, while the hot Mongolian butter (not oil!) waits.

  6. Mongolia Basketball

    At our aimag (province) children's camp, the kids couldn't get enough of playing basketball. Most of the boys knew much more about American basketball than I did.

  7. Mongolia Herding Sheep

    After spending so long in the countryside, one sometimes forgets to look around and see how beautiful and peaceful it really is.

  8. Mongolia Mmm mmm marmot!

    Marmot! One of my favorite foods in Mongolia. They cook it inside out by filling it with hot rocks and sewing it shut.

  9. Mongolia Horse Race, Interrupted

    My friend and I got a chance to ride along in the ambulance while they followed the horse racing during my town's Naadam. We picked up this little boy after we saw him get bucked off of his horse. He had hit his head, but luckily he was one of the few to wear a helmet. He's only 10 years old, which isn't the youngest I've seen racing. 

  10. Mongolia Victory Dance

    A wrestler who just won his round. If they win, they get to wear the hat and do a victory dance around the flags. From the 2011 Naadam in Baruun-Urt, Mongolia!

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.