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Spring came early this year and my double pair of long underwear were not needed and most of the time a sweater sufficed.  I was lucky.  Ulaan Baatar is the coldest capital on the planet.
Spring came early this year and my double pair of long underwear were not needed and most of the time a sweater sufficed. I was lucky. Ulaan Baatar is the coldest capital on the planet.
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My host and Columbia mate US Ambassador, the Honorable Mark C. Minton
My host and Columbia mate US Ambassador, the Honorable Mark C. Minton
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The ambassador's residence.  Oops...I forgot to take a photo of the building.
The ambassador's residence. Oops...I forgot to take a photo of the building.
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I had the top floor to myself.  It has a definite American feel...everything works.  The only clue that you're not in the US is the electricty, round plugs, 220v and even the toggles have a non-American feel.  The chandelier  though seems multi-cultural.
I had the top floor to myself. It has a definite American feel...everything works. The only clue that you're not in the US is the electricty, round plugs, 220v and even the toggles have a non-American feel. The chandelier though seems multi-cultural.
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My accommodation.  The residence comes with a household staff of three for which 5% of an ambassador's salary is earmarked. This includes laundry, food, transportation (I guess that's another account but you get the drift), and in any case for the visitor -- me --is is a very good use of taxpayer's money.
My accommodation. The residence comes with a household staff of three for which 5% of an ambassador's salary is earmarked. This includes laundry, food, transportation (I guess that's another account but you get the drift), and in any case for the visitor -- me --is is a very good use of taxpayer's money.
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The living room viewed from the sitting room
The living room viewed from the sitting room
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Humidifier. Mongolia is very, very dry.  Bring tubes of lip gloss.
Humidifier. Mongolia is very, very dry. Bring tubes of lip gloss.
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The living room
The living room
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The dining room
The dining room
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