If there were ever a “purpose” for this blog…

…it would be convincing readers that Kyrgyzstan is, in fact, an incredibly normal (and sometimes absolutely wonderful) place to live (and visit). A pretty popular travel website recently posted that Vice documentary on bridenapping that I ranted about a while ago. My first reaction was “UGH!!!” How could they!? Introducing so many people to Kyrgyzstan …

2012 resolutions

I think I did a decent job keeping up with my resolutions. All things considered, I’m achieving many things that weren’t on the list. For example, I’m earning a salary from the business and we’ve earned enough to repay ourselves for all of the start-up costs. We even treated ourselves to health insurance, which I …

Bride Napping is not Kyrgyzstan

Recently the topic of bride napping has been coming up in the news more than usual (see the Washington Times, Telegraph). Now with the release of a five-part documentary from Vice, the topic is getting a wider audience. Having lived in Kyrgyzstan for more than a year, it’s a topic I’ve been exposed to many …

the longer i’m in Bishkek, the less ______

The longer I’m in Bishkek, the less I write about it. It’s not that I no longer have things to say, but there’s a specific concern that takes over when it comes time to hit “publish”. People in Bishkek will read this. People in Bishkek will have opinions on it. Will I get a snide …

Thankful in Bishkek

I’m thankful… …for many things. …for being done with that gigantic market research project that took over my life for 2+ months. …for the new and exciting projects I’m planning. …for the new friends I met during a proper Thursday Thanksgiving dinner. …for the leftover apple pie I ate for breakfast. …for how wonderful the …

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. …

Goals for 2011 {update}

Remember January? Remember when we were all full of hope at the empty slate that the beginning of a new year presented to us? So we made goals and wrote down the things we hoped to fulfill during the year. What happened to those? I’m battling some fierce jet-lag at the moment, so like any …

well, it’s been a whole year

Time for me to get profound, I guess? Had we stuck to the original plan of 1) move to foreign country, 2) learn language, 3) become expert, 4) move back to DC for cushy consultancy job, then I’d be boarding a plane today feeling profoundly disappointed. The move happened, so snaps to me for completing …

leaving dubai, back to bishkek

Didn’t I just get back here? Yes, and I’m about to leave again*, but for now it’s wonderful to be back with my husband and cat and friends and other people who don’t call me “Christy,” as well as a readily available supply of melons, Russian lessons, and people who speak more English beyond asking …

oddities of being back in the states

A list of random things about life in the U.S. that struck me as a bit odd after 10ish months living in Bishkek. – I’m much more self-conscious of pulling out my camera in public. At times it felt too touristy, and other times too familiar. This shot of Philadelphia is one of the only …