Practicing My Taxi Russian...
Driver: “Amerikanska?” Me: “Da.” (yes) Driver: “Indus?” (I think he meant Indian). Me: “Niyet” (No) Driver: “Japan?” Me: “Niyet” Driver: “Korea?” Me: “Niyet. Philippines!” Driver: “Ah Philippines. Manny Pacquiao, da?” Me: “Da!” Driver: “Pacquiao, boxing champion,...
The Great Postcard Swap - Melbourne!
The Great Postcard Swap - LONDON!
A few months ago - a friend of mine aka L’Elephant Rose - came up with the grand idea of a blogosphere postcard trade aka The Great Postcard Swap. 20+ women, including myself, eagerly joined the swap and agreed to send each other postcards from our hometown/cities of residence. I was excited to connect people and figured it would be nice to get the warm fuzzies one gets when you get a nice...
The Joys of Living in Uzbekistan...
I kinda love living in a country where I can buy beer (Sarbast!), cigarettes, candy, or soda from a 12 year-old boy up the street from my house from a mini-bodega store aka window of their house and walk a few meters away to buy fresh baked bread. It’s like the Philippines, but post-Soviet/Russian.
The First Day of School
New kids. New school. New faculty. New co-workers. New friends. A daunting, but satisfying notion. I started the morning standing by the main gate and greeting parents/kids. It was like any first day of school dropoff - only this time it was 1) multicultural and 2) spans a wider range of ages. We had little kindergarteners walking in with tall, lanky 12th graders. A nice mix and seemingly...
First days in Tashkent, Uzbekistan: the long...
I’ve been holding off on posting about my first taste of Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a number of reasons. First, when I landed on Friday, members of the school leadership team met me at the airport and informed me that, unfortunately, no hotels would allow a dog and was offered the opportunity to stay with our general service officer at his house. Secondly, as soon as we got to his house they told...
Brief thoughts on the first full day in...
1. They know how to make great bread… 2. I never thought I’d eat a doner kebab and NOT make a mess and here I have because the bread is sturdy enough to deal with the meat, sauce, veg, etc. 3. It’s the norm to carry HUGE stacks of cash due to the cash economy, plus the exchange rate is crazy 1 USD = 2500 soum. 4. Milo loves the abundant amount of trees that hide the...
Even more relevant to me: Tashkent vs. NYC →
On average, 37% cheaper…
Cost of living in Tashkent vs. Los Angeles →
On average, Tashkent is cheaper…I’m still gonna miss the convenience of Mickey D’s, though. :(
In 11 days...
I leave for Tashkent. Excited. Sad. Exhilirated. Anxious. Happy.