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Day 273: Reasons I’m Excited for My Next Trip (and reasons I’m not)


Kyrgyz hero Manas

Kyrgyz hero, Manas

I can’t believe it is already the last day of the month of September! October starts tomorrow and that is a time in Australia when more and more individuals find themselves outdoors. But I’m heading out towards the end of the month, on a trip I am both excited and nervous about.

I’m going to Kyrgyzstan with a stop in Istanbul and a long layover in Bangkok.

Reasons I’m Excited for the Trip:

I’m going somewhere really cool and unique, and it is a long trip, too! None of this week here or 3 days here honky; I get to get away for a real amount of time in order to take it all in.

I get to bring back my Russian — what little I had from before 😉 My brain will be getting a ginormous workout.

I’m going to possibly get to meet up with Bethany and Randy of in Istanbul!

I get to be reunited with my pal, Erica, whom I met initially in Bishkek a few years ago!

I’m going all the way there on business class flights! I’ve never, ever, ever flown business class before, so I am really stoked to see what I’ve been missing out on for so long. Did you know I also got my business class fares at economy class prices?

Laghman, shashlik, kefir, plov, manti and borscht: I’m going to eat them all, repeatedly.

Bishkek is really, really cheap. For every US dollar, I get (as of today’s rate) 44 Kyrgyz som. To put that into perspective, I remember a marshrutka ride a few years ago being just 7 som, or about 16 cents in today’s exchange rate.

Reasons I’m Not Excited for the Trip:

I have about a gazillion flights to catch to get there and back. (At least I’ll be in business class, right?)

I have to be away from Patrick for the entire time!

The weather might be on the cold side where I’m headed. Knowing that I’m missing out on some good weather down in Oz will be quite annoying, especially since this winter, spring and fall seasons have been so disgusting.

Learning Russian is really hard, and I will probably be regretting my decision on the first day of classes. Head desk.

I’m going alone and therefore have to figure out Istanbul and Bangkok on my own. It really is just so much easier with someone else sharing in the travel confusion, don’t you think?

Final Thoughts: I’m still more excited than not!

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9 Responses to Day 273: Reasons I’m Excited for My Next Trip (and reasons I’m not)

  1. Bobbi Lee Hitchon September 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    That sounds awesome. I love visiting places that are completely untraveled. Enjoy your trip, especially business class-JEALOUS. Oh and congratulations of getting your Aussie residence.

    • Brooke October 2, 2011 at 8:55 am #

      Thanks Bobbi 🙂 Such a relief to get that visa!!!

  2. Kirstin September 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Reasons to be excited about Bishkek: you get to meet me! a total stranger! but still pretty cool, if I do say so myself

    Reasons not to be excited about Bishkek: It’s getting cold and I don’t think the heat gets turned on until mid-November and WTF with the exchange rate! It was 47 in August 2010 and now it’s down to 44!? I better switch my money to Euros, this is getting ridiculous.

    What day do you get here? You might get to catch the tail end of the presidential elections if there’s a run-off.

    • Brooke October 2, 2011 at 8:51 am #

      You should totally be on this list! Excuse my posting haste, but I am excited to meet up 🙂 And… the exchange rate when I looked was more like 44.9 so I just went with 44. I know, outrageous! 😉

      I arrive super super super early on Oct 31st, so the day after the elections. I’ll be interested to see how this all goes down!

  3. Jeremy Branham October 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    In 1995, I met some people in Frankfurt who had just come back from Kyrgyzstan and Bishkek. Heard a lot of stories and sure this place has changed a lot in the last 15 years. I’ve never been but always been interested in the country ever since then!

    • Brooke October 2, 2011 at 8:57 am #

      I’ll be interested to see how it has changed in the past 3 years, actually. You kind of feel like change happens quicker in places like this… the ones that are still coming out of their Soviet coma.

  4. bethany October 5, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    I’m excited for you too and excited because I think at long last we will all meet in Istanbul! Epic huh??? I’ll email you soon. 🙂

  5. Nomadic Samuel October 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Good luck with your exciting new adventures! I think over time the positives will surely outweigh the negatives 🙂


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