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What’s New, Buenos Aires?

What’s New, Buenos Aires?

On Wednesday, the next of my adventures began when I took a one-way ticket from Seattle to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I’ll be staying to study tango for the next two months.

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Mile 25: It’s Over. Finally.

Mile 25: It’s Over. Finally.

This post was written in real-time on May 23.  I apologize for the delay in uploading! I’m sitting at the

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The Russian Banya in Central Asia

The Russian Banya in Central Asia

Across the world, people have come up with a variety of ways to keep clean, from the humble bucket bath

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Swarm Of Earthquakes Strikes Chong-Alay Region

Swarm Of Earthquakes Strikes Chong-Alay Region

The Chong-Alay region that I’ve been doing so much work with has in the past week has experienced a swarm of 11 earthquakes up to 5.9 magnitude. Damage was extensive, and included a polyclinic that I work with.

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My Peace Corps Application Timeline

So it seems like its some sort of Peace Corps blogger tradition to put together a timeline of one’s application process through the start of service, and since there aren’t a whole lot yet from people who applied under the new application system, I thought that it’s as good a time as any for me to add my own to the melée. So here goes!

Music Video Obsession: Feel by Mahmut Orhan feat. Sena Sener

Istanbul is my favorite city in the world, and it’s featured very prominently in a popular music video here in Kyrgyzstan.

Central Asian Musical Obsession: Dimash Kudaibergen

At the Winter Universiade, the talk of Almaty and indeed all of Kazakhstan was a young singer who had performed at the opening ceremony: Dimash Kudaibergen. And not long after, he also became my new Central Asian musical muse after I shared a plane ride with him from Almaty to Astana.

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Mile 24: Tying The Loose Ends

Mile 24: Tying The Loose Ends

It’s hard to believe it, but I only have one month left living in Kyrgyzstan. It’s been two years almost to the day since we landed at sunrise at the airport in Bishkek, and now my service is finally winding down with some good final memories, some bad ones, and a few special projects coming to a satisfying conclusion.

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One Boston Day, 2017

One Boston Day, 2017

As many readers know, I was a runner in the 2013 Boston Marathon, and was less than a mile away from finishing when the bombs at the finish line exploded 3 years ago today, at 2:49 PM Eastern Time. I was one of over 5,000 runners who was unable to finish the race because of […]

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Mile 23: After The Finish Line, A Fulbright

Mile 23: After The Finish Line, A Fulbright

March was the month when everything finally seemed to fall into place. When March began, I wasn’t quite sure about what was happening two months from now. And now as it ends, I can say with near certainty what I’ll be up to between now and 2020.

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Mile 22: A Whole Lotta Kazakhstan (and a little bit of Osh)

Mile 22: A Whole Lotta Kazakhstan (and a little bit of Osh)

February took me to Kazakhstan twice, and to a bunch of new and familiar places in the snowiest month of my entire service.

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Mile 21: A Quiet Winter

Mile 21: A Quiet Winter

Well, January came and went quickly. January is usually a very slow month in Central Asia because there’s a bunch of holidays and school breaks. Despite this, the month was still lively thanks to some beautiful snowfall and time with friends and a major work breakthrough.

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Mile 20: Holidays and Snow

Mile 20: Holidays and Snow

December brought me a 50-hour airport odyssey, a fantastic concert in Osh, and an another Toguz Korgool competition in Bishkek.

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Book And Movie Club: The Day Lasts More Than A Hundred Years by Chingiz Aitmatov

Book And Movie Club: The Day Lasts More Than A Hundred Years by Chingiz Aitmatov

When it comes to Kyrgyzstan’s “national writer,” arguments could be made for various poets and authors, but it would be pretty hard to beat Chyngyz Aitmatov. His short stories and novellas have been a joy to read, but nothing so far compares to his 1980 novel The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years.

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Chernobyl Liquidators and Kyrgyzstan: A Surprising Connection

Chernobyl Liquidators and Kyrgyzstan: A Surprising Connection

Last year I stumbled upon a surprising memorial in Osh dedicated to the cleanup workers of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Book Club and Movie Night: Jamila by Chingiz Aitmatov

Book Club and Movie Night: Jamila by Chingiz Aitmatov

Louis Aragon called it “the most beautiful love story in the world.” He wasn’t talking about Romeo and Juliet; he’s talking about Jamila (also spelled Jamilia in some translations), the first significant work of Kyrgyz author Chingiz Aitmatov.

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Iranian Movie Night: ALL OF THE MOVIES!

Iranian Movie Night: ALL OF THE MOVIES!

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day, and as some readers know, I have a lot of Iranian friends and colleagues from my undergraduate days when I conducted research in Tehran and Esfahan. Well, one of them happened to post a deal that is simply too good to not share with you: a website dedicated to Iranian cinema has a special deal making all its films free for 90 days.

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March 2017 Photo Roundup

March 2017 Photo Roundup

It’s the end of the month and time for another look at my favorite photos from the past month! Some are prompted, some are spontaneous, and some are some throwbacks. Take a look, read about it, and click to enlarge if you want to see more closely.

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February 2017 Photo Roundup

February 2017 Photo Roundup

It’s the end of the month and time for another look at my favorite photos from the past month! Some are prompted, some are spontaneous, and some are some throwbacks. Take a look, read about it, and click to enlarge if you want to see more closely.

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A Tubular Weekend In Chiyrchyk Pass

A Tubular Weekend In Chiyrchyk Pass

Kyrgyzstan is usually marketed as a summer destination, the time of year when you can climb mountains or ride horses up to yurt camps in the summer pastures. Well, that’s all completely true, but what they fail to mention is that Kyrgyzstan actually is a fantastic place to come for an affordable winter vacation as well.

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Hot My Top 10 Books About Central Asia

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Are you considering a trip to visit Central Asia? Are you planning to move here? Or are you curious to read more than I have here on my blog? Here’s my list of my 10 favorite books about the region.