Flight to Moscow. The only site in the world where pollution is beautiful.
Greetings from Naryn, Kyrgyzstan,
I am having a fabulous
time meeting new people, building relationships, and becoming friends with the
Kyrgyz child playing
Most of my previous plans
have been thrown out the window because of an unusually warm time of year even
for the Kyrgyz.
The skys and winds have
been unusually dry as well, thus the city of Naryn
is still quite bare of snow.
So my plans
for snowboarding have been replaced with some ideas my dad above gave me; one
being playing soccer at the University’s gym. I have met more students my age
playing soccer than I ever would have recruiting people to go
Some of them know just
enough English and I know just enough Kyrgyz we can learn each other’s names
and plan another game.
sky-rocketed my level of outward boldness as I try my very broken Kyrgyz with
just about anybody on the street.
trying to build relationships more than anything so I can invite them over for
dinner and spark some wholesome conversations.
I went out to an ice-climbing
location at a nearby waterfall last week to see if it were even possible to
climb with such warm weather. Our DTS
leader said there is not near enough ice as previous years but still do able.
Naryn: gorgeous town nestled in a long valley in the middle of an extremely mountainous country.
After setting up all the ropes and putting the gear on, I was the first student
to make the ascent up the waterfall.
went ice climbing for my first time on a waterfall in the secluded country of Kyrgyzstan
Not too many people can say that.
I am now planning to make several trips back
to the spot with some Kyrgyz friends.
I have recently been under enemy
attack as he tried to hinder my accessibility.
The beginning of last week, I awoke with a pretty sore throat and it
eventually developed into tonsillitis with two large abscesses in my upper
neck. The pain was close to the worse
pain I have ever felt. Everyday became
worse to the point where mucous blocked my airway and I had a difficult time
breathing. The abscesses grew so much I
couldn’t eat anything and because of the pain I had a strenuous time staying
hydrated. My lips were cracking from
dehydration and the headaches were increasing.
Once the rest of the team knew how bad I really was, they found an
American doctor who took a look at me.
Dinner...no seriously, that's what I bought and ate that day. I'm still not sure if it was horse or dog???maybe somethin' else?
He suggested x-rays to look at the
abscesses, but to get them removed I would have to make the 6 hour drive back
He also suggested getting
hooked up to an IV since I couldn’t eat or drink really.
I didn’t think I would make it.
He sent me home with some antibiotics and
said if I didn’t get any better within the next 5 or 6 days, I would have to go
the hospital in Bishkek.
Miraculously, with G’s
healing hand, I awoke the next morning with a 100% clear throat! The abscesses were completely gone from what
Typical site in Kyrgyzstan
I didn’t even have a scratchy
throat! Praise him.
I was well one day
too late so I unfortunately missed all the Christmas festivities on the 25th
but was ready to serve the following day for a dinner with multiple Kyrgyz
Gathering the food at the
bizarre (market) is always exciting, buying several kilos of this and that
trying to learn the Kyrgyz words for the vegetables.
I love it; I feel so much at home from
previous living experiences in Romania
The narrow aisles are always bustling with
activity, people sliding around on the ice walkways, and Kyrgyz sellers
yelling, wanting the Americans to buy from them.
I try to buy from each one, a kilo of carrots
from this older lady, 4 kilos of potatoes from the weathered man, and 2 kilos
of onions from the silent, kind lady behind the rusted stand with icicles
dripping from the edge.
I love it, and
the Kyrgyz people notice because I’m always smiling, instead of the usual
emotionless face of stress or boredom.
He is shining through me and opening the eyes of a confused people in
Once again, I have written much too
much. Anyhow, thank you for your hands
together and please continue to do so.
Only through his strength can I learn enough Kyrgyz to reach out to the
people in a deeper way.
Serving in Kyrgyzstan,