Wednesday night my nagging cough took a violent turn for the worse, folding in high fever and vomiting, and just flatline in the energy department, almost unconscious. X-rays today reveal that Brother Konchog has contracted acute pneumonia in his left lung, so I'll put myself in hospital (first time in my life) this afternoon and remain until I fly out to Seoul on 1/3. I have been deeply moved by the incredible kindness shown me by my Mongolian friends, going way out of their way to help me. Obviously, DODR will be dark for about a week, but like Lazarus I shall rise again.
Answers to the geo quiz you didn't get: New Caledonia and Azerbaijan (capital Baku, song "Baku in the USSR").