Category: Central Asia

Spring and summer 2016 in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkey

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Kyrgyzstan Chapter 2: Hospitality and Generosity

    Kyrgyzstan, the land of hospitality. A place where simply walking down the street with a smile earns you invitations into people’s homes for shared meals and accommodation. A place where nobody worries that you might be a psycho killer or a robber because you’re a guest to their country. A place where money is lacking but natural resources…

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Kyrgyzstan Chapter 1: Initial Interactions

  Background Traveling in Kyrgyzstan was an experience completely different from anywhere else I’ve been. I mean, not just a cliche “they have different architecture and good food” kind of unique, but this country added a whole new level to my understanding of how people live in this world. Being located in Central Asia on the western border of China,…

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April Showers Bring May Powder

5:15 AM, Friday, April 29, 2016.   BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!   “Oh shut the…….$@#&! Wake up!”   I rifled through the blankets, struggling to find my phone in the dark to make that horrible noise go away. Having already hit the snooze button twice, I was running late. Lazily, I brushed my teeth, took a quick look in the…

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