When I went to Mongolia last month, I was traveling with a friend named Anna Mazurek. Anna is a professional photographer, and she takes wonderful travel photographs. She has been on many adventures in over 50 countries around the world.
Although Anna and I are both American, I’ve never seen her in the US! A mutual friend introduced us in 2009, and at first, we only kept in touch over Facebook. Since we both like traveling and photography, we eventually made plans to go someplace new – Myanmar. Along with my friend Trevor, we made that trip in 2012. I saw Anna again the next year when she came to Japan, and Mongolia was the third time.
Here she is in Bagan Valley in Myanmar, Tottori in Japan, and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
Over the August break I went back to the US to go to my friend’s wedding. He finally got married after dating his girlfriend for about ten years!
The wedding took place in Iowa City, Iowa, which is a small college town surrounded by hundreds of miles of farms. I decided to fly into Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is where my brother lives, and then drive the 300 miles (480 km) south to the wedding.
So, I got to see my brother and take him to the wedding, which was nice. I made sure to rent a good car for the drive. The wedding was at the concert hall for the University of Iowa, which was really nice and spacious. There were maybe 100 people there. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a groomsman (付き添い役), so I got to participate in the wedding and sit at the table in front for dinner. It was a great time!
We had a party on Saturday evening to say hello to Ryo and goodbye to Manami. Thank you to everyone who came out to dinner at the yakiniku restaurant as well as the live karaoke after-party! We had a lot of fun. We will miss you Manami!
Here are some pictures from the party:
Dave-sensei was on "Let's Enjoy English" on Radio MOMO (79.0 FM) last week. Dave and D.J. Chiaki Kamibeppu talked about traveling in Japan and around the world. Click the button below to listen.
For summer vacation this year, I was lucky enough to have a chance to go to Mongolia. A friend of mine recommended a good tour company, and we went together. We had a driver and a guide, plus 3 other travelers.
We drove over 2000 kilometers during our 12-day tour, mostly on unpaved roads. We saw beautiful, varied landscapes and had some kind of adventure every day, so it's difficult to show it all.
For me, one of the highlights was the giant Khongor sand dunes in the Gobi Desert. We rode camels here. The dunes are beautiful and enormous, with the largest ones at 190m tall. They were very hard to climb, but we made it to the top!
These are the photos from my phone, but I have many better ones on my camera. It'll take me some time to sort them, but I hope to share them with you sometime soon!
Dave-sensei will be on Radio MOMO (79.0FM) with D.J. Chiaki Kamibeppu on Thursday August 30th at about 6:15 pm. They will talk in English and Japanese about traveling in Japan and around the world.