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Exploring Mongolia with an insider’s view, no luggage necessary

A whirlwind, seven-day trip exploring the capital of Mongolia, traversing the nation’s remote countryside, and camping in yurts—or “gers” as they’re called in Mongolian—might sound like a true adventure to even the most seasoned traveler.

Now, how about doing that trip without a change of clothes?

That’s just what happened to students in the Penn Global seminar Mongolian Civilization: Nomadic and Sedentary, professor Christopher P. Atwood and teaching fellow Stephen Garrett when they headed to Mongolia in May for the first time since before the pandemic. They arrived in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, on May 12. Their luggage, however, stayed in Turkey and didn’t join them until the final two days of the trip.

“Through it all the students were just super troopers,” says Atwood, Mongolian professor and chair of the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. “When I saw them joking…

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