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see the rest
of our trip after you look around Goggle maps.
One of the
stops we wanted to
Ulaanbataar was the International Intellectual Museum (aka. The IQ
Museum or The International Puzzle Museum).
Other members weren't
sure what we
had gotten them in for when it was added to our itinerary.
I had written to the son
founder Tulmen-Ulzii ?? before we began the trip.
He wasn't going to be in
said his brother would meet us and make sure we had a special tour of
Imagine our surprise
when the founder
appeared and conducted part of the tour himself.
One of his reasons for
collection was to encourage the use of mechanical puzzles as
No one is too young or
too old to
enjoy the mental stimulation they provide.
Here is our group with
Tulmen-Ulzii in front of a ger that is in the museum.
Everyone in the group
was happy about
our addition to our visit.
Everyone now has puzzles
appreciation for them as a challenge, as art and even as jewelry.
During the tour several
demonstrated and he did some magic tricks/manipulations that relied on
puzzle like thinking to understand.
That gave me the notion
that he might
like to see one of my rope tricks.
I showed him one that he
before so I taught him how to do it and left the rope with him.
He couldn't have honored
me more than
when he offered to put it in his collection.
We saw it in one of the
when we returned to his museum on our last day in Mongolia.
Here we are with one of
puzzles (but by no means the largest) that are on display.
If you want to see more
museum go to the International
web page, but don't
forget to come back here to see more of our travels.
Many thanks to our
friends from the
trip for sharing their good company, videos, and pictures with us and
Thanks again Alice, Lee, Eleanor, Michael, Joyce, David, Juliana, Tom,
Stu, and Tanner.