Saturday, May 2, 2009

National Kazakhstan Television

During my visit to Astana, Pete and I checked out the famous ice-city. While we were there, the news crew asked to interview us. We thought the interview would be in English, but then it was in Russian. When we watched it later that evening in the dreamy TGIFridays restaurant, we found out that my statement, "I always wanted to see the ice cities" was translated into Kazakh, "I never saw this much snow in my life!"See for yourself...

Christmas 2008

Merry Christmas!
Emily invited me and Pete to her house for breakfast, and exchanging gifts. Later, we went for a Chinese lunch with some other friends.

Later that night, I went to Club Heaven with Ailya's company--world exchange.
Left to Right--don't know guy in the back, Timor, me, Aliya, Salta, ---, Caleb

Dressed in Krgyese tradition hat--dancing on a mat to make felt rug

Famous Kyrgese Band--Lady is playing the tradition Kazkh (and Kyrgese) dombra

Inside Yurta

Riding horses in Chon-Kemin

Scenery from the bus-reminds me of Montana/Wyoming

Ruins at Burana Tower-Alpha and Omega
Lake Issyk Kyl-reminded me of Yellowstone Lake

About 8 of my colleagues and I traveled together on a bus with a tour guide.
Bishkek--This one's for you, Kristen!

Bishkek-Me and Robby posing as Asian tourists

No, I am not kidding. This is Lenin. Kyrgyzstan is supposedly the only former Soviet Republic with a statue of him still standing...ew.

Hiking in the Mountains-I thought it would be, like a one-mile hike on a paved path, so grabbed my purse. It turned out to be a 5-mile hike NOT on a paved path, up the mountain in fog and snow....
Our nice town-I forget the name, sorry. But, it snowed in the night.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My classroom is brand new. It's in the addition that the school just put on. The walls were fresh, carpet new, smarboard new, desk new, cabinets new....and I inherited materials from last year's teacher. We didn't have a carpet for the longest time and then...they delivered this. Could it fit me any better?