Category Archives: insanity

To the Border and Back

My internship at MCC this summer has been really incredible so far. First of all, my job description has followed the Terms of Reference to a tee (when does that ever happen?!). It is exactly what I wanted for the … Continue reading

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wheels and wings

Transportation log the past 2 weeks: 1 hour, plane, Osh-Bishkek (+2 hours in taxis to/from airports) 5 hours, taxi, Bishkek-Naryn 1 hour, helicopter, Naryn-Bishkek (+3.5 hours in taxis to/from landing pads…thus saving us all of 40 minutes for a cool $4k. Thanks for the joyride, AKDN!) 16 hours, bus, … Continue reading

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A Eulogy to Peace Corps Kazakhstan

I finished my service in Peace Corps Kazakhstan in August 2011 (the posts you have seen since then have all been retroactive), and moved to Kyrgyzstan to work with a development organization. As in KZ, Blogspot and WordPress are still … Continue reading

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Astana – “Мой Любимый Город!”

> 08.26.10  Shymkent soundtrack:Traditional Kazakh dombra meets pseudo-hard knock Kazakh rap Almaty soundtrack:Enrique Iglesias (PS: HOW is he popular now in the States?! I really thoughtthat was a purely Kazakhstan phenomenon) meets soothing European lounge grooves Astana soundtrack:Brain-busting space-age Russian techno … Continue reading

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I haven’t been blogging as much lately, and that is largely because so many things have happened in the last few months that I simply cannot go into detail about here.  These include a spat of homelessness, multiple big moves, … Continue reading

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Aral Sea Adventure

We kicked off 2010 with an insane, spontaneous trip to the Aral Sea. Before I tell you about the ridiculousness that was the trip itself, I want to give you a little backstory about the significance of the sea and … Continue reading

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JUST KIDDING – Site Change to Shymkent!

10.25.09 Ironically, the day after finally posting about my site announcement, I have become the first Kaz-21 to have a site change – before even leaving to site! Our Country Director (CD) and Assistant Country Director broke the news to … Continue reading

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