(Our Internet service was suspended owing to a dispute we are having with a certain service provider, which successfully made immovable KK’s blood boil and drop the F-bomb right in front of the kids. Anyway. I’m catching up on old posts now that the Internet has been restored. It was weird and slightly painful without the Internet. The kids could not do their online homework. I was a freelance writer with no access to my e-mails. Remember, I do not have a smart phone either.)
Mummy went nearly-bald once. It wasn’t to raise funds for charity or anything noble like that. I was going on a Great Big Adventure to Mongolia and I thought having as little hair as possible would make it easier in a place where I might have no chance to bathe.
I waltzed into the Indian barber shop and told the uncle to take it all off. I had to repeat myself several times, but he finally got it. I can't remember now if I went bald or if I had a buzz cut.
That was 2001 and I was 26.
That was the Big Bang Adventure I went on before I went down the Tried-and-Tested path. The flat, the marriage, the kids. People speak of the Tried-and-Tested path like it’s a dirty thing these days. As in: Why would I want to get tied down to a man, have his screaming kids and get shackled to a wasted life of domestic servitude?
But really, I wanted it and I like it. Because I had the privilege of a choice.
Mongolia remains the most stunning place I have visited in my life. (Partly because its untouched and there are so few people there).
* Mongolian friends, all with their dairy-strengthened heavy bones and sparkly white teeth
One month, I trekked through the Gobi desert with a map getting lost and doing some navigational work.
* My view
Another month, I lived in the grasslands building a school.
* Today I am led to wonder, for every school which enthusiastic volunteers go out to build, if there are actually teachers to teach in it and students to go to it
But by far the place which sang to me was the forest where we identified and counted animal shit pellets every day, for a month. If I remembered correctly, the region was called Mungenmort which is barely Google-able. Its certainly not on Trip Advisor.