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7 Reasons to Organize an Event

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Three weeks ago (On Sep 4, 2016), there was an unique event in Mongolia: 20th International Steppe Marathon.

What made this unique was that, unlike other marathon taking place on the city road, this happened literally on the vast Mongolian Steppe. Also, another unique thing was awards: In several distance categories (3km, 5km, 10km, half and 100km!!), winners get something not so typical to marathon event: Camel, horse, sheep, etc.

This time, around 2,500 people participated, and I was one of them who ran 10km. Running on the Steppe for long time was such an interesting experience. Besides, there were some side events: Japanese idles cheer-up, different types of performance, and “Steppe Party” to enjoy Mongolian food and drinks after marathon. So I would say I enjoyed this as a participant.

On the other hand, however, I had another face in terms of this big event: I was one of the organizers who had prepared for this since 4 months ago. In short, being a participant was easy and enjoyable (you just need to pay and join) whereas being an organizer was very time consuming and not always enjoyable.

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Finding Myself through Interview

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In June, I had an interview with a Japanese newspaper in Mongolia.
The main focus was to capture what I am doing in Mongolia as well as my journey up until now.

Having read the previous interviews of this newspaper (a Nobel prize winner, the CEO of the biggest bank in Mongolia, etc.), I was not sure if I was the right fit, but the chief editor said as long as it can deliver something worth sharing, it would be fine. After the publication, I received some positive feedback from people I know as well as strangers, so I hope it was ok.

The interview took more than 3 hours, and it was a fluid conversation rather than serious Q&A. It was an enjoyable experience for me.

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Learning from Extreme Coldness 2

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One of the best human capacities is adaptability.

In the previous entry, I wrote about the extreme coldness of Mongolian winter (back then it hit minus 31 ℃).

But these days, I think I am getting used to the life of the coldest capital life in the world, since no matter how cold it is, we can buy and do essential things in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of the country.

But there are even some harder conditions, which I saw in my eyes when I went to the countryside of Mongolia in the last three days.

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Learning from Extreme Coldness

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Finally, the famous Mongolian winter has come! It seems that Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world.

Since I came to Mongolia from Chile, the other side of the planet, I started checking the weather forecast frequently. As the above image shows, there are many types of weather (and it is good topic to talk about for someone like me who does’t know the local language so much). However, there is one thing that those symbols cannot capture so much, which is the temperature. Of course, the snow mark can somehow show that it would be cold, but the Mongolian winter’s temperature (minus 20-30℃!) cannot be shown with any symbol.

I was actually nervous and at the same time excited to feel the extreme weather, since it was the first time in my life to live in such a cold place (and I don’t think I would experience this so many times in the future), so I would like to share how it feels.

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