Tuesday, June 28, 2005

word from the 'stan

In leiu of sending out mass emails (because for whatever reason, email servers don't always feel like working)i decided to post a general dealy on the blog. But, rest assured, if you send me an email, i will do my best to respond in a timely manner.

It's been so hot here that i can't describe it (in russian hot =
zharka). there's no air conditioning, but i'm getting used to the
heat, kind of. i think it's been about 90 -100 degrees here everyday.
but apparently july get even hotter. my host family is pretty great
right now, but it's only been two weeks lol. we have cows and i poop
in an outhouse. yay!!

Here's how my time is being spent in Kazakhstan: basically, i spend four days a week at language class which lasts for6 hours. on tuesdays and thursdays we have technical classes which isonly good because i can occasionally get on the internet. we're learning how to write lesson plans and how to be teachers. i'm a
little overwhelmed right now, but hopefully everything works out ok.

My village is called Abat (a-VAT) and its pretty good sized. There
are little shops all over the place and i can get pretty much
everything i need there. i went with my host aunt a few days ago to a
"disco" which was more like a restaurant with a dj, but it was tons of
fun. the novelty of an american living in their village has yet to
wear off, so i'm like a talking monkey everywhere i go.

Thursday we get to go to almaty for the first time and see the
kazakh national symphony. i'm super jazzed.

How's everyone in the states? what's going on? how's michael jackson
NOT guilty? what's the deal with tom cruise and katy holmes?


Blogger sherry said...

Just wow!


11:05 AM  
Anonymous Jim Dusseau said...

Cows rock.

Tom Cruise is insane.

Talking monkeys also rock.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Apparently, everyone who knew Katie Holmes in Tizzy Town says that she's gone crazy and is not the same person.

Oh, and the Supreme Court just said that (1) file-sharing services are liable for infringement, and (2) a city can totally take your property and hand it over to a private developer. Life sucks!

Hope you're having a good time in the 'Stan. Keep posting or I'll call up my Russian assassin friend to plug you one in the . . . plugger. Or something.

3:49 PM  
Blogger marla said...

Hi Ashli

90 to 100 is hotter than here in North Carolina, We are just hitting the hight 80's low 90's

Did you bring a digital camera with you. If not do you want me to send you one. I have an extra that is great with still photos but really stinky with action shots but it's yours if you want it. I'll send the cables and extra flash cards. You could always send the flash cards back to me (full of pictures of course) if you have trouble downloading to the net. It takes rechargeable AA batteries but I don't know if the recharger will work over there.

I'm printing out your blog for mom, it's easier for her that way.

I'm still looking for a job, had another interview today...keep your fingers crossed

7:28 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

Oh! Oh!
Ashli! Say yes!!!

You need a good camera!
OH, and BTW, if they are anything like Germans, you will be their favorite "monkey" for years to come! (The novelty will never dwindle!)

I was more famous in my last 2 weeks (after 3 years) in Germany than ever!

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I wish

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 mush 2 bother.! Dad here. Sorry 'bout your luck w/ bad k-b's How sover, Thank you for the thiugh.Oh crap! there should have been an 'o' instad of an 'i' in "though".

well, you are okay to find other whatevers.

still can't figure out this booger.site s.uff.

well, I hope you get some apples!!

An-Kn-Nimi-Us is the simplext to do .



6:44 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

YAY! It sounds like "the 'stan" is uber fun (I would venture to say that I am 'super jazzed' for you). Jacko = not guilty... I guess the people in California's definition of "child molestation" is a little different than mine (oh well). Also, Katy Holmes shouldn't be dating her grandpa (but maybe that's just me... also she couldn't act her way out of a paper OR plastic bag). Any ways... have fun in the 'stan... I hope it turns out better than "The Stand."

12:46 PM  
Blogger Ayamara said...

I've been seriously thinkin' about ditching everything and getting a backpack and a conversion van.
Surely the world needs a vagabondingnursebellydancer.....
I mean really, it's time I thought about my retirement years :)

1:25 PM  

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