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 Beersandbeans.com 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?