According to the Doctoral candidate common-law marriages, interpreted as living in a marriage-like relationship without formal ceremony or registration, are very common and there is no stigma attached to this practice.
However, Mongolians are always happy and appreciative when a foreign visitor takes the time to learn some of their customs and shows this during greetings or visits.
We’ve noted some of the most important customs below.
He claims to like living in Mongolia except for the "brutal winters" (he says he saw his breath from September to May—the average temperature in January ranges from a high of four to a low of -16 degrees Fahrenheit).
Also, Andy says that when he takes a Mongolian lady out for a date, the Mongolian men become angry because they believe that "foreigners are trying to steal their women." After speaking with Andy, I became interested in the Mongolian dating scene, and I asked our guide Oyunaa, a beautiful young Mongolian woman (one of whom, I am sure, Andy would be happy to “steal”), about it.
Today, Suzanne takes a moment to suss out the intricacies of the Mongolian dating scene.
Yesterday, Keith and I came across Andy, a twenty-something redheaded American expat from Iowa who teaches English to wealthy Mongolians at the small school around the corner from the university.
My boyfriend has not told his parents we are dating, and I still have not met any of his friends. Please share any information you have on dating in Mongolia (ie.
views on sex before marriage, children, speed at which relationships move, how do men treat women/how do women treat men, what is considered romantic, fidelity/infidelity etc).
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At any rate, the “third neighbor” business went over exceedingly well.