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My Around the World Round Up: Part II

Central Asia.  The collection of countries otherwise known as the “Stans.” But more accurately… the collection of countries people just don’t know about. Well, save for Afghanistan, but it seems we just consider it the Middle East now.  I mean I certainly didn’t know how to spell Kyrgyzstan two years ago. And Tajikistan? To be honest – I may not have known it existed. So how did I end up spending... read more

Central Asian Food

If you were to ask Silvia, she would say it’s delicious.  I would say it can be good but lacks variety.  And Sasha?  Well, she would probably be in the bathroom….   When we first arrived in the region we happily stuffed ourselves with cheese and bread, delicacies that we just couldn’t afford as volunteers in Thailand.  Throughout our two months in Central Asia we ate A LOT of the above.... read more

Bedbugs and Border Police in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan.  Where to even begin?   I know what your reference point is, and well, this will probably come as a shock, but Borat is pretty inaccurate (no running of the Jews, what?).  In fact, the movie that compelled so many people to attempt to locate Kazakhstan on a map was actually filmed in Romania.  Different continent, different culture, totally different people.  So sneaky... read more

Central Asia: Teenage Wasteland

“How old are you?” “I’m twenty-five, and Sasha and Danielle are twenty-four.” “Are you married?” “No.” “Will you get married soon?” “Um…probably not.” “But you’re already so old!!” It’s always the same conversation, first had at the Chinese-Kyrgyz border health inspection and repeated with each new... read more

We’re Going to Kazakhstan!

Well, not quite yet. More like sometime between August 15th and October 15th, according to our brand new KAZAKH VISAS!! So much excitement, because it has been such an ordeal, especially as we were actually trying to get visas for Russia, not Kazakhstan. But when Danielle went to the Russian embassy in Bangkok a couple of weeks ago she was turned away, because she needed to have a visa for the country she... read more

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