Thursday, June 29, 2017

No Soup For You! The Soup Nazi in Mongolia?

No soup for you! Like a rerun of the Soup Nazi episode, my pho life has been on hold since moving to Ulaanbaatar. Two things are not in dispute: I am the Pho King. The pho in...
weather in ulaanbaatar

Guess the Current Temperature in Ulaanbaatar

What's Ulaanbaatar weather like in the winter? Well, it's only November and the word freezing is as adequate an adjective to describe it as 'grand' is to the Grand Canyon or 'great' is to...

Business Class Lounge: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

This is part of the Trip Report The Visa Run Keeps Running (October 2014) & So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December-January 2015).  No need for a catchy title for this post. The location, Ulaanbaatar, and my guess that...

Oh No, No Pho in Mongolia

All right, enough already, I'm sorry for being a lazy pho-ker but I promise that the Pho Sho: Top 10 Pho Worldwide will be completed by the end of time. For the angry readers, don't act like...

All Kinds of Gains: An Expat’s Guide to Exercise

Picture a place where N.O.-Xplode costs $100, where rusted weights take you back to that makeshift gym in your parents' basement, and a place where the winters get so cold that your lungs freeze should you...

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming!

Along with my superficial travel insights about seeing the world on points, I do, from time to time, like to interject a post about the pulse of my surroundings. It has been a hectic past few weeks...

Friends in Cold Places: A Saturday Night Tailgate Party in UB

The burgers were fresh off the grill, the cooler was stocked with beer, and the obscure Pringle flavors were ready to be devoured. It was time for Saturday night football. The only anomaly was...

What’s Coooler than Bein’ Cool? Mongolia!

What's cooler than bein' cool? The answer for our old joke used to be 'Canada'. Today, that answer has changed to Mongolia. While the frigid winter is still a couple of months away, it's official...

Barely Legal: An American in Mongolia

Dictator, billionaire, NBA star seemed like plausible career possibilities when I was growing up. My dreams of being an Arab Isaiah Thomas were dashed when I was cut from the elementary basketball team, a...

BBQ Without Borders

Dear Mel, In April of 2014 I received the bad news that you and the evil empire better known as the HOA had decided to ban all BBQs in my condo complex. With that unconstitutional notice,...
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