My family visited Barcelona two years ago and I yearn to go back. I still remember the crunchiness of the pan con tomate (toast with tomato) and the feast of architectural richness in Antoni Gaudi’s work. Gaudi is Barcelona’s shining star, an architect whose work incorporates inspiration from both his religious beliefs and from nature. He left behind a legacy through beautiful private homes, a colorful park, and the crown jewel, Sagrada Família, a still unfinished cathedral being continued through his disciples and public funding.
examples: үлгэрийнхаанба бадарчин (the tale of the khaan and the badarcin), хазгар алаг шаазгай долоон өндөгтэй (the lame magpie who had seven green eggs), илбийн яс (the magicbone)
mongolia lies on a high plateau between russia and china. the raw beauty of its landscape is breathtaking. a proximity to animals and the environment has led to a rich heritage of songs and tales related to nature…the most ancient [mongolian fairy tales] date back to the twelfth century and are concerned with human relations with the natural world. others use the whimsicality of animals to describe people’s struggles to find a good and decent life. still others frankly applaud cunning and the ability to survive an unfriendly competition.