San Ban Oh!  That’s Mongolian for “hello”!  Today we travelled through one of the world’s highest countries, Mongolia, to learn about its fascinating culture and way of life. Like nomadic Mongolians, we moved through the vast lands to the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, the Gobi desert, the grasslands and mountains.  Mongolians have traditionally been nomadic, living in yurts, or gers: tent-like structures that can be taken down and transported. Nomadic Mongolians are powerfully connected to nature, in tune with the seasons, natural resources and wildlife of their land.  They greatly depend on their livestock for food, drink, transport and clothing.  They, too, work with wool to create felt for clothing and yurt coverings! Mongolians care so deeply about nature that the world’s first national park was declared there in 1778.  

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