Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What will you be doing this summer?

It feels almost like summer already down here in central Florida, which makes it hard for me to grasp the fact that it is, in reality, several months away. I am very ready for summer to get here. Not - like much of the rest of the world - because I'm looking forward to warmer temperatures, but because I will be going back to Kyrgyzstan.

As many of you know, I spent most of 2008 in Kyrgyzstan, and it was a wonderful, life-changing experience. I often wonder why I left, especially considering the shit-spiral my life fell into upon returning to the US.

(While my old blog, where I faithfully posted about my life in Kyrgyzstan back in the day is no longer online, I am working on pulling out the Kyrgyzstan posts, editing them for anonymity, and uploading them to Cat Lady in Kyrgyzstan. So far I've only uploaded posts covering January through mid-April 2008; I'm incredibly busy this semester, so I'm not sure when I'll get the rest of the posts online, but I'll do my best.) Feel free to watch this rather absurd video I compiled to get an idea of what my life in Kyrgyzstan was like:

The last time I was in Kyrgyzstan, I worked as an EFL teacher at The London School in Bishkek. (If you look closely at their website, you can see a lovely picture of me, wearing leopard print pajamas and stuffing my face.) This trip will be a little different.

The first part of my trip, several of us from Desolation Travel are meeting up for a two week jaunt around the country. We plan to start from Bishkek (the capital) and make our way through the nature reserve at Sary Chelek, the nuclear waste dumps at Mailuu-suu, the walnut forests of Arslanbob, the southern 'capital' of Osh, the town of Kazarman (about which we know essentially nothing), the lake Song Kol (if we have time), the wonderful village of Kochkor (one of my favorite places), and the fabulously desolate fishing village of Balykchy. After our two week whirlwind tour around the country, my travel companions will return home, and I will get to work.

I'll be spending June and July volunteering (arranged through The London School) in two different villages, where I will be teaching English. One of these villages will be Kultor (which is too small to rate a link on wikipedia), located about an hour's drive south of Lake Issyk Kul (the big lake you can see on every map of Kyrgyzstan). I'm not sure yet which village the second one will be. I am incredibly excited!

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For those of you who don't know where Kyrgyzstan is located.

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Our destination goals

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Google Earth's view of Kultor.


Crazy About Ukraine said...

This is so exciting!! :) I can't wait to hear more! It certainly seems like an amazing place from the photos and stories on your Kyrgyzstan blog.

CAS said...

Hello! I'm considering a move to Kyrgyzstan in the next couple months for the NGO I work with. I have two cats and would want to bring them with, but am a little concerned about quality of vet care, food, supplies, getting them there or away, all of that. Both are healthy, age 5 and age 7. I am sure you have better things to do than offer insight to a stranger on the internet but there aren't many people writing in English about having cats in Kyrgyzstan! If you have a few pointers/thoughts, I would be beyond grateful. If not, have a great trip back for the summer.

Annie Nimity said...

Hi!! Check out my other blog: It's got details of everything having to do with my vet care experiences in Kyrgyzstan AND what you have to do to get your animals out of the country. (Click on the links on the right side for "cats" and "vet care") Unfortunately, I've never brought animals *into* Kyrgyzstan, so I can't help you with that process. (There's a chance my animals and I might be moving there next year, so I'd love to hear details on how to do that!) Are you going to be living in Bishkek? If so, you can find decent vet care and pet supplies - although if your animal needs surgery, make sure you request that they use pain meds, because they might just start the process without any! If you have any questions that aren't answered by my other blog, please let me know :-)

CAS said...

Thanks, Annie! And yes, I'd be in Bishkek, so it's comforting to know there are services/supplies. I'm spoiled by where I live--so many specialty vets, specialty diagnostics, and the like. Good to know about the pain meds! I Yikes. I'll check out your other blog; thank so much!