How to survive a Bishkek winter power-outage

Temperatures have dropped again in Bishkek, another sign that winter is most definitely sticking around, despite certain predictions that Kyrgyzstan wouldn’t get a winter this year. With decreasing temperatures, Bishkek residents race to turn up their space heaters, straining the crumbling electrical infrastructure. This means more power outages and rolling black-outs. Here are my tips …

winter will not? winter is.

The temperature in Bishkek today reached an astoundingly chilly high of -16 degrees (Celsius). Snow fell steadily all of yesterday, although when the weather is this cold, I suppose it won’t have a chance to melt and refreeze into the hazardous sheet of ice that is now a permanent fixture on all sidewalks for the …

lately

Lately I’ve been tirelessly trudging through all the (mostly incoherent) words the internet has to offer on telecommunications in Central Asia. The project is in the final stretch and I’m looking forward to not reading about how unregulated Tajikistan seems and how hopelessly isolated Turkmenistan is. They have five TV channels there. FIVE. Imagine that …

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 …

I’ll be 23

The world didn’t end, so I therefore survived to celebrate my 23rd birthday yesterday. I spent the day lounging, watching reruns of House Hunters International on Youtube (research, of course, for my upcoming episode), and baking cupcakes for an utterly over-sized group birthday party last night. I’m quite happy with how my day went! I …