Here's a quick little update on one of the most incredible weekends I just had! It was the Dragon Boat Festival, so we had three days. We took a train Friday night from Beijing to Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia (a Chinese province just south of modern-day Mongolia). We arrived Saturday morning, found our way to our sweet little hostel, and then wandered about Hohhot for the day. Sunday morning, we headed two-and-a-half hours into the grasslands, where we settled into our yurts after an authentic Mongolian meal with our hosts. We spent the rest of the day riding horses, doing archery, exploring the grasslands, and attempting to star-gaze through the intermittent clouds. Monday morning, we drove from the grasslands for another 4 hours to reach the desert! There we rode in the big dune buggy, sledded down the sand slopes, rose camels, and played soccer. On our way back to Hohhot to catch our train, we got stuck in a traffic jam that cut so close to our train time that Lucia started praying the Lord's Prayer in Spanish (she's from Spain), and taught me too! We made the train, so I guess it worked. ;) We arrived back in Beijing at 4:00am Tuesday morning, and got back to the school in time for classes. What a weekend!