1. Mongolia beauty pageant

    A Mongolian woman, wearing a traditional Mongolian headdress, participates in the Darkhan Nursing College's beauty pageant.

  2. Mongolia mother tree

    The blind mother of one of my counter parts prays at the base of the sacred mother tree. Buddo-Shamanist Mongolian believers visit the holy tree, tie blue prayer scarves around the tree's branches, sprinkle dairy products on the ground and pray to the tree's spirits.

  3. Mongolia by candle light

    A group of my 8th grade students staring into the flame of a candle during a Haloween party. The students were amazingly resourceful with their constumes and had a very enjoyable time.

  4. Mongolia sacred stones

    The Mongolian skyline is peppered with round piles of stones called owoos, which serve as spiritual pilars. When you encounter an owoo, the respectful thing to do is bring a few pebbles from the bottom of the mountian, walk about the owoo three times, and toss at least one pebble to the top of the stone pile. I took this self portrait in the dead of winter before dawn before walking to school to work as a teacher trainer. The temperatue was nearly 40 below zero outside, but the traditional Mo...

  5. Mongolia Picnic Song

    June, 2009. Darkhan-Uul countryside, Mongolia. Mongolians friends on a picnic, singing and drinking into the evening as they wait for the freshly slaughtered sheep to boil.

  6. Thailand Paa Boon

    Keeping the traditions alive.

  7. Thailand Surprise!

    “I didn’t know, o my gosh, I didn’t know!” This is all I could say as the Thai PETA enforcers kicked through my mosquito net last night and challenged my devotion to the cute and cuddlies all over the world. After an interrogation lasting well into the morning, with taped eyelids being shown picture after picture of kittens wearing hats and monkeys with mohawks, I was able to convince the band of hemp suit wearing brutes that I had nothing to do with the crime and indeed love all of earth’s ...

  8. Thailand Loosen the Grip

    [Paul has an epiphany of a child.  Lets see what it is....] The other day my host father grabbed a large handful of hay and brought it close to the house.  The next thing I knew he had lit it on fire and was moving it around with a stick.  Not having lived on a farm before, especially one in foreign country, this seemed a bit strange.  However, I did not have the capability to ask what in the world he was doing.  Watching on in wonder he then grabbed a can of bug spray.  It became clear that...

  9. Thailand Just because

    Who couldn't love this little guy living right down the street from them?

  10. Thailand Quick Learners

    These boys picked up a frisbee for the first time in their live and by day 2 were teaching others the finer points of Ultamite.  Long live the language of sports...

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