I just received this email from an American friend traveling in Mongolia - thought you might enjoy a laugh:
Technology vs.Basic Sanitation
We have now arrived at the Ger camp. It is a very basic camp and there is no indoor toilet. In fact shortly after arrival, we had lunch and then I needed to do you know what - and I had to do it totally out in the open!!! This was a first time experience. On previous trips, I have dealt with some basic facilities, but this was the first time I had to do it totally out in an open field - with horses and yaks roaming around nearby. However, here's the irony:
Every member of my host family, including the 10 year old, has a cell phone and they have a laptop - which I am using at the moment - and Internet access is provided by satellite. I guess in this day and age, technology is more important than basic sanitation!!!!!!!!
PS - I wonder what they do in winter. The Mongolian winters are bitterly cold and I cannot even imagine having to do that outside in winter. You will probably turn into an iceman. However, my host family cannot speak English and so I cannot ask the question :)
IT'S ALL PART OF THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN MONGOLIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!