Thursday, March 29, 2012

The day it snowed

I'm sure a lot of other days will snow, but this has been our first real snow day. I got up early for my Gaelic class online, currently 6-9am local time; sadly the internet didn't start working until 6:30. Oh well, I can get by missing things in class.

Temperatures today stayed below zero, but nothing really below -10, except after windchill. The snow was going sideways and upways past our 5th floor window. Here's Rachel rugged up in the snow on our way to class:

Anyway, it was snowing quite a bit. I put a very short video up on youtube. Class was good today, we learnt how to make simple noun-adjective predicate sentences, which is a nice new step. I wish there was for Mongolian. Oh well.

In response to questions about the money:

There are only notes, no coins; it's all paper stuff, though a bit sturdier than that dodgy US currency. Notes come in denominations of 20000, 10000, 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10. The current exchange rate is 1 AUD = 1365.96 T (Togrog). Nobody likes changing 20K notes at any time. Prices for imported items are often comparable to Australia or elsewhere, so it's not unusual to be paying hundreds of thousands or millions of Togrogs for a larger item.

Here's a picture of the 20K and the 5000 note; most of the notes have either Chinggis Khaan on them, or Sukhbaatar (Axe-Hero, one of the key leaders of the 1921 revolution.

1 comment:

  1. Eeeeee!!! Little is so cute!

    Thanks for the money pics too :)