This is home... for now.
The Mongolian nomadic way of life has enchanted and bewildered agricultural communities for centuries. In countries where a rooted field and drawn out boundary lines equal a safe place to raise a family, no doubt the constant shifting from place to place seems an uncertain way to live. Yet even today there are Mongol nomads following their livestock in search of the best pastures. For thousands of years, the ‘people of the steppes’ cultivated their lifestyle and traditions that remain true even now in a widely technological world where nomadic living seems much too difficult a way of life. Throw all common Western ideas away and the romance of hawk-wielding, fur-wearing, horse-riding, weathered-faced people still remains. Beneath the expansive sky, an upside down ocean of sapphire blue, nomads continue their simple lives, sharing what they have in warm hospitality. It might seem odd that an uprooted culture could establish foundations upon which a massive nation grows. Yet women continue to dress in beautiful deel robes and elaborate head wear for many occasions, people in urban areas still prize horses, and songs of homesickness are heard playing from radio stations. Perhaps it is not the established writing systems and ancient architectural structures that make a culture. Perhaps cultures are in the heart and mind, no matter the physical location. Perhaps it is in the people who carry everything with them and can look in each others’ eyes and say, “I know your hardships. I will carry home with you.”