brief election observations

I’ve tried my best in recent weeks to stay informed about the candidates running for president in Kyrgyzstan’s upcoming election. It’s proven difficult, as there are 20+ candidates at the moment. Plus there’s the language barrier; despite my still-horrible-but-much-improved Russian skills, a lot of campaigning is done in Kyrgyz in what I suspect is a …

where is home?

I will always be an outsider in Kyrgyzstan. I will always have to justify, even defend, my presence here. But for now, despite the occasional unwelcome feelings, Bishkek is my home. I’m immediately recognized as an outsider; I don’t speak the languages (yet) and I don’t dress myself as impeccably as the average Kyrgyz girl. …

highlights from Colorado

First! Thank you for all of the wonderful words and unnecessary (but totally flattering) compliments being said about the House Hunters episode! Apparently you all think I’m cute and adventurous. I can’t wait to prove how incredibly normal and somewhat boring I can be. It doesn’t look like the episode will be available for me …