Monthly Archives: December 2009

Haibo’s Visit

December 21, 2009 (backlogged again…sorry but this was pre-new years resolution!:P) Haibo came to visit, and stayed for two weeks. We hung out in Shymkent and he met my fellow PCV sitemates, as well as other important people in my … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

A few items of housekeeping before I put up this next post. First of all, happy new year to all! I will be celebrating 11 hours earlier than most of you, and then hopping on a train a few hours … Continue reading

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A Very Kazakh Christmas

Merry (belated) Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Eid, New Year, and whatever else you may be celebrating! The holidays have been treating me pretty well here in Kazakhstan. The last week has been a flurry of baking, cooking, dinner parties, and … Continue reading

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Culture Shock Moments

This first month in Shymkent has been full of surprises and hilarities. Welcome to another episode of “Kazakhstan: Things Are Not What They Seem.” Also known as “Things That Make Becca’s ‘Culture Shock’ Journal in Shymkent a Running List of … Continue reading

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Gender Norms in the SKO

At the end of PST, our PCVTA trainer gave us a wise piece of final advice before our respective journeys to site. It went something as follows: When it comes to dealing with culture shock, there is a spectrum of … Continue reading

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