Thursday, January 8, 2009

The 1960's and beyond!

We mentioned the adjustments we've faced here. Thought you might like to see some of what we're talking about.

The first picture is of a bar of soap that is used here -- Fels Naptha. Now, to your 'older' folks, that should sound familiar. It was a popular soap in the U.S. some 40 or 50 years ago. But as you can see, it is still a popular item here.

In the next photo, you will notice (if you look closely) that the doors have door knobs, but no latches. Some what typical of the older buildings here in Ulannbaatar.

The remaining pictures are of fooditems we buy here. Food comes labeled in about six different languages here -- Mongolian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, German and even good old English. Sometimes the price tags are a real life saver. If you look closely at the first package, you might be able to make out "Rice" on the price tag!

The second item is presumably beans (thank heaven for pictures). And we are hoping they are good old Navy Beans! We want to make a nice bean and ham soup out of it. But that, of course, depends on whether or not we can find some ham! We'll let you know!

Next . . . hey, a can of peaches in light sugar sauce! The picture and what I can remember of the German tongue have got this one down! We're suprised at the amount of German food product we find here.

The last item is a drink. We just wish we knew what kind of drink!

You can do really great here -- if you are multi-lingual!


Bad Dog said...

Hey, Fels Naptha soap! I've been lead to believe for the last 15 years that there is not a stain in the world that can't be removed with Fels Naptha soap.

I can actually read the label on the last drink. It's carbonated, fermented anchovy puree with lime juice. Mmmmmmm....delicious! To your health!

Julie said...

If you end up feeling a little "weird" you'll know not to buy drinks when you can't read the label! I hope that's not mongolian for bud-weis-er!! (We just watched the national championship football game - WAY to many beer comercials!)

The Cowley Clan said...

You just need Marcia to translate if there is so much in German!

meglex said...

I sure do hope that the picture of the door was not your front door, lets hope that there is a latch and lock on that one. We are counting down for you Mom, only 4 more days until the cast comes off, YAH!!!

Anonymous said...

hi to the caldwell family mike and
melba by reading your blog it looks like you are having a lot of fun adjusting to your mission its cold here in salem utah but not as cold as where you are. hope your holidays where great.

your friend Deborah