Autumn became. Yellow leaves swirl around on the pavement. A strong cool wind blows. Though sun sets a little earlier each day, it still shines brightly. The white light illuminates every speck of sand and the sky is that immense Mongolian blue.
I've got my cashmere on. Women are wearing stockings and leggings again. The foreigners have felt, wool and cashmere scarves wrapped around their necks. Mongolian women have their scarves wrapped around their middle. The temperature now dips to below 0º C (32º F) at night, and only reaches to around 15º C (60º F) during the day.
I'm no longer counting down the days. I'm leaving with the falling of the leaves, and somehow this seems appropriate.
As I go about meeting friends and colleagues one last time, I too am like a leaf swirling around on the pavement.