Hello all faithful followers from the first country to declare independence after the fall of the Soviet Union….Any guesses on where that is without looking at the location of this blog? KYRGYZSTAN!! Don’t worry I wouldn’t have gotten it either if I had been asked a few months ago.
So this whole thing started off in Washington, D.C. for a whirlwind orientation. I partook in an even more whirlwind tour of the D.C. sites with my lovely Cousin Judy on the morning of. Being an incredibly accommodating hostess, my request for one last breakfast of bacon and waffles was granted by visiting Lincoln’s Waffle Shop. Lincoln’s is a dirty spoon right across from Ford’s Theatre, where the hottest President (until JFK came along, obvi!) was shot. While he may not have thought he would ever have a waffle shop named after him, I think Abe would have liked it! I sure did. We then toured around to his memorial, the Vietnam memorial, Korea memorial, WWII, the Einstein, the Jefferson and the phallic joy that is the Washington Monument. All in about three and a half hours, so good job us! Thanks to Judy!
I then had orientation that afternoon and flew out of DC with the other volunteers the next day, all Kyrgyzstan bound! Now Kyrgyzstan is a country that, not surprisingly, has no direct flights from the US; meaning, we flew through both Frankfurt and Istanbul, and then finally landed in Bishkek. And that milk run isn’t like the normal milk runs that I fly because I am cheap, it’s because it’s the only way to get to KG apparently. And since some of us know I don’t sleep on planes, I pulled out my sleeping bag in both of those marvelous airports and slept on the floor like the vagrant at heart that I am.
So I landed safely in KG (at about 3:00AM) and have been in the country for almost two weeks now. For the first few days we were put up in the countries fanciest resort-like hotel on Issyk-Kul, which (Fun fact alert!) is the world’s second highest unfreezing lake, after Lake Titicaca in Peru, which you can read about earlier in this very same award winning Travelblog J. So the resort was pretty posh for KG standards, and let’s be honest my standards too. I’m always surprised if my door locks and my bed doesn’t bite me, so this resort hit all of my standards. We recieved three square meals a day, there was Wifi in the lobby, and there were TVs that played everything from news in Kyrgyz to news in Russian. The lake itself is gorgeous, and is ringed with mountains on almost all sides, so it’s somewhat scenic just being in such a gorgeous place. The day we arrived it was clear and sunny, the day after that it rained torrentially. Like being in Vancouver! At one point in the night, due to jetlag both my roommate Marta and I were lying awake, and she, without being totally sure I was awake, shook her fist to the sky and asked the universe “What did we do to deserve this punishment?” So the take away is that the weather turns quickly in KG and you feel like you’re in the middle of the Apocalypse.
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