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Published: October 26th 2016
Russian heritage, although they were born in Osh
Several of these girls looked like they could be Irish1
Fascinating Kyrgyzstan! We are on another ACDI VOCA assignment. Ed working with farmers with their fruit orchards. And investigating certification options so they can export. I continue to work on business skills. We both are enjoying our time here. It is fascinating as it is an amazing blend of so many cultures. A very strong Soviet presence as far as infrastructure. And hard to believe we are only 2 hrs from the Chinese border. Osh's history dates back 3000 years and was an important stop on the Silk Route. In a smaller town nearby, it has a huge bazaar with all 'shops' made from double stacked shipping containers. Trade goes way back!!
This morning there was a celebration in the main square for the Uzbekistan visit. Our 24 yr old translator told us, for her entire life she never heard anything good about the Uzbecks. The Uzbeck president passed away in Aug and finally relations are beginning to thaw between the two countries. There were about 7 yurts displayed and lots of school children and adults in traditional dress representing Kyrgyzs, Uzbeks, and Russians. I was initially alittle hesitant to bring out the camera, but once I did, lots of
people were very willing to have their photos taken.
So, with my new Surface computer and a fast internet, this has been the easiest blog to post pics!
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