Sunday, October 30, 2005

hey, this is gonna be a quick one

hey all. i'm in beautiful metropolitan shymkent as i write to you now. i'm on an adventure with my fabulous site-mate ann. she has to buy a train ticket, and i wanna watch her do it. yes, life in the stan is so exciting that this is my sunday entertainment.

so, yesterday i had my ''halloween party'' with my english club -- but i can hardly justify calling it a party because it was just me, ann, two girls from my club, a history teacher and the guy that runs the little shop at my school. but here's what i learned from my holiday experience: if you don't have an oven, it's impossible to bake pumpkin bread. and pumpkin bread dough makes very tasty pancakes (or in russian: tickvei blini). i also learned that when you bring pumpkin pancakes to a school, random strangers sit down to eat them and insist that you drink massive amounts of congac because, after all it is a holiday somewhere. but all in all my holiday was fun, even when my host mom thought halloween was over and cooked my jackolantern for dinner. i ate some of it, but i couldn't enjoy it. i felt like i was eating a steak made from the little calf that i raised from infancy.

so, anyways, i said this was gonna be quick, and i wasn't lying. i gotta get to the train station (or vakzal as we say in russian) and watch a foreigner buy a ticket to uralsk!

much love! (and i promise the next post will be longer and full of witicisms!)

ps-- i wrote this post last week, but for whatever reason, the internet cafe that i went to sent me to the blogger website in german, and instead of trying to go to an english version, i convinced myself that i could in fact read german. that being said, i accendently saved this post as a draft instead of publishing it. oops.

update, ann didn't buy her ticket on sunday, she waited until tuesday and hence, i did not get to watch her buy it. that made me sad. conversely, i did get to watch ann buy a coat at the bazaar, which made me happy. she bought a grayish coat. i helped her by speaking russian. i think that the coat-selling guy thought i was her keeper or something. i'm not though, i'm just a nosey, back-seat coat buyer. just wathcing wasn't enough for me -- i'm totally hands on at the bazaar!! ok. . .anyways, now i am in shimkent again for martha's housewarming and then to 'watch' some of my students take an english test.

next week is my fall break for school. i don't have to teach anything to anyone for a whole week! hoorah! i do, however, have to go to school every morning, from nine until one for. . . i don't really know why, but i have to go. but i have all afternoon to put the spices sent to me by aunt marla, gramma lyn and dad to good use. i hope i can do some justice to american cuisine (if there is in fact, such a thing. . . )

anyway, that's about it, for now. i hope that enough exciting stuff happens to fill another post soon!


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4:08 AM  
Blogger Pop&Bro said...

Hey, nice to see that the blog G_ds have knocked off the spammers!

I think the alspice is used on fowl. It's upto auntie Lisa to get the corriander to you. You may want to hit didtoo so as to remind her.

Indianapolis is undefeateded with one more game to play before comong into the jungle. If they make it to 9-0, then they'll be the second team team in NFL history to end such a streak in the 'naughty.

If such a thing comes to pass, a few canned containers of Dixie will be on it's way -- if not, you'll just have to wait until the Bagels win a play-off game.

So, how much is a train ticket from Moscow to there? A flight to Moscow is fairly reasonable ($850 round trip in Feb.). Of course, I couldn't possibly live a stateroom on the train adventure.

Love you & not
having as much fun as you or Blondie,


8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that they launched a rocket from K *zizzle yesterday and thought of you.

I heart you, Ashli Gold!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Pop&Bro said...

Remember: "God don't count the days that you be fishing (against you). If you sell it for some ginger or cinnamon or turamac, then, it's okay. elsewise, go fishing. It'll help you hear the "AU" in you.

As a note: Steve Martin was awarded the Mark Twain this evening. So to be a wild and crazzy is a bit of alright.

Does the USA VHS format work in the KZ? U said u got the spices. and if so, was it an okay flick?

So many "?" 's so little time.

miss you (boo-hoo/sob..)sniffle/wipe the snot from my nose as I tear-up.

love, daddy

wow, it's getting chilly! TIME FOR the L-J's

12:29 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

hooray! train ticket and coat buying adventures, oh my! I'm glad to hear that you're actively buying other's coat is the 'stan.

Also I think that it's important to tell you that I'm going to be in Kelly's brother's wedding, now, whether I'm the best man or not remains to be decided, but I'm keepin' my fingers crossed.

In election news, Carty beat Ford for the mayorship of Toledo, and all of the fun, progressive state constitutional amendments didn't pass (what's new?). Also, I voted! yay! Mom didn't vote though, it seems as though someone doesn't love America as much as me ^_^

Anyways, I hope you have a fun, yet safe fall break. I myself am enjoying my Veteran's Day off (3 day weekend, woot). And also, Dan DeSorbe has finally moved back up to NW Ohio. This makes me smile on the inside so big.

Be safe, and don't piss of any Ninjas... they're sneaky. =P

11:04 AM  
Blogger Mom said...


I saw the movie Spanglish. I love this movie.
In the next few weeks I need to get another care package to you.
Let me know if there is anything you need.
I love you Ash.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Pop&Bro said...

At 11/10/2005 1:32 PM, Big Sis said...
The carp recipe requires a board, to which you nail the carp. When baking is finished, you throw away the fish and eat the board.

As for turnips, no idea why you have a bad opinion of them. Quite tasty and tender, even when raw.

At 11/14/2005 10:22 PM, Pop&Bro said...
I prefer
Walnut and Aluminum roofing nails.

BUT . . .

I was thinking about maybe experimenting with Pine and iron two-penny nainl.

Big Sis, what do think?

Favorite Brother

So sorry, forgot to get the proper tempurature to tune the oven.

10:28 PM  

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