I took this photo in early June 2010 in the countryside of Tuv province. The driver stopped briefly when we were en route to our training site in Mongolia. It depicts my good friend and fellow Volunteer (Mongolia 2010-12), Alexandria picking up rocks to toss on the ovoo. Ovoos are spiritual monuments found all throughout Mongolia that signify good luck and favor with the sky. The ovoo ritual entails walking around the monument three times in a clockwise fashion and tossing a rock on the mound each time. Alexandria and I did this, hoping to ensure safe travels and phenomenal experiences in our beautiful new country. Our wishes have been granted so far.