“…here, take the mask…”
After my return to Ulaanbaatar, to my disappointment I found that the city was still in a state of paralysis. Pretty much everything to include government offices, museums and most big tourist draws were closed. At the State Department store I ran across this H1N1 Swine Flu “action team” handing out surgical masks in an attempt to encourage the UB residents to wear masks. I choose to “pass” on the mask… In the parking lot in front of the State Department store, they were erecting a huge 40′ tall Christmas tree. I found this a bit unusual for a Buddhist country, but hey, I guess the stores are looking for a good holiday to encourage consumerism.
The team approached everyone coming in and out of the store and also handed out flyers that promoted the use of the masks. A media team filmed the whole thing and I saw some excerpts that evening on the news.
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