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Food, Vodka, and More Vodka

One of the perks of being involved with a language school is meeting all the interesting people that come and go. We have a nice little community of people to hang out with, which also opens the door for meeting other Kyrgyz families. This week, Ryan and I were invited over to Jamie’s host family’s “mansion” for a typical dinner… Read more
April 27, 2008 · Continue Reading · 2
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Feeling great in Bishkek.

Bishkek is a happy, happy place. It is the perfect combination of big and small city – much like Peoria on a much more interesting level. After living here for almost 3 weeks, it still almost seems like a dream. When am I going to get bored? When am I going to be ready to move on? Now, I have… Read more
April 25, 2008 · Continue Reading · 6

Rocking out in a bomb shelter.

Bishkek is chock full of surprises! When I planned this trip a few months back, I had no idea how truly interesting this city would be. From learning Russian to jam-packed marshrutka rides, my weekdays are pretty much booked, but the weekends tell a whole different story. Last weekend I was enticed into attending a local rock concert. Generally into… Read more
April 19, 2008 · Continue Reading · 0
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A bird pooped on me in YkpaiHa.

Ukraine (YkpaiHa) exudes all characteristics stereotypical of a former Soviet republic. The buildings, big and grand with gold domes, consume the otherwise stark landscape. The statues stand tall with bold features and some forceful pose. And the people… The people in Ukraine are such badasses! They drink a lot, smoke a lot, always wear red or black leather, and they… Read more
April 6, 2008 · Continue Reading · 2
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1 Broken Ipod, a 20 Hour Bus Ride, and 6 Esperanto Speakers

Traveling in 2nd and 3rd world countries the past couple of months made me realize how much I love a good transportation system – you know, where a 20 minute flight doesn’t translate into a 12 hour drive. The few treacherously long journeys in southern Mexico left me feeling hot, tired, and nauseous, and without the help of some pink… Read more
April 4, 2008 · Continue Reading · 8

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