From Google Analytics I’ve learned that lots of readers come to leslieforman.com to learn about Mongolian politics, especially the nature of its democracy, freedom of speech, and relations with the United States.
This adorable little girl lives at the ger camp in the Semi-Gobi Desert, the place where we rode camels. I chose her photo to illustrate this post, because I think her stylish coat and practical boots exemplify the type of consumerism that improves the lives of everyday Mongolians.
I am already giggling as I think of the Google search terms that will now bring people to my blog… haha… (Amended: I just edited this headline to clean it up a bit in case I ever decide to run for public office.) But I really do have a great story to share and I am glad this silly title made you want to read it.
I met Sara in 2004 when she joined Gamma Phi Beta at Cal and became my first little sis. An architecture major passionate about design and creativity, Sara often joked that the world of architecture had too many phallic symbols and not enough yanic symbols. I remember her defining yanic as the female equivalent to phallic, and joking that the stadium stood alone as a prominent example of yanic architecture: round, inviting, and full of activity, with crowds of men paying to get in.
In Mongolia, one name is ubiquitous: Chinggis Khaan (yes, that is the most commonly used transliteration.) His name and face grace vodka bottles, energy drink cans, the international airport, cigarette packages, and so much more. And there is no better place to feel his presence than the Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex.
I just got back to Beijing after a wonderful 12-day trip to Mongolia! I had a truly amazing time and I have just written a bunch of posts with anecdotes and photos from my trip, which will be here on the blog over the next few days.