the 1700-living style ( i.e. outhouse, no hot water, no showers, common electricity outages, etc.) Khandgait Camp is one of the better-known, more successful, and more civilized summer camps in Mongolia. One of my problems, as a foreigner from the service-centered U.S.A., is my fallacy to compare. We all innately are judgers giving sentences and verdicts with no fair trial. I look and see, but can’t help remembering a better way of life back in America. That is not to say that American life is perfect. I its still wrought with controversy and issues that comes with a powerhouse country with a population of 310 million. Still, in many aspects, life is easier in America than other places around the world. Therefore, even though Khandgait Camp is primitive in my mind, readers, don’t get confused because only wealthy to middle class families send their children here, unless the kids are sponsored by an organization who pays the expenses for them.
One of the many charms of the camp is the music. From a center point of the camp are located two large speakers and a massive stereo system that plays music all day. There is music that wakes the children, tells them when it is meals and snack times, and tells them when bedtime is near. The music is the camp’s clock. Depending on the hour of the day, one can hear classical, world cup anthem, Mongolian children’s songs, traditional Mongolian music, to lullabies and American hip-hop/rap (yes the top 40 hit list of American music has made the long journey to Mongolia – but Mongolians have their own version of the top hits for their country which is also played ad-nauseam).
One of my favorite tunes is a classical ensemble that is usually heard during dramatic scenes in movies. When I a walking down the sidewalk from the dormitories to the light instrumental melody leading up to the heavy percussion, I can’t help thinking that I’m in a movie and am about to meet a life-changing person at the end of my path. Instead, I have had a life-changing experience in another country – who could ask for anything more?