Saturday, January 07, 2006

little girl in the big city

so i'm currently sitting here in almaty and after half a year in the village, this place is freaking awesome! i highly recommend it, if you're ever around.

i came here for some training, which actually was pretty informative and got me super pumped to go and be a teacher again (i hope it lasts). my visa was extended and now i can legally stay in the country for my whole term of service, sweeeeet.

training was super fun and it was great to see all of my fellow kaz quits again. . . those that were left (lol!!). i have a lot of great stories from training, but i won't put them up on the ole blog -- some of the people involved in these stories may want to run for office some day ;). i can tell you, however, that i saw charlie and the chocolate factory -- in english. hoot, hoot. good flick.

so anyways, i'm just hanging around the office until me and ann go to catch our 10 hour train back to the village. that's right. we're taking an overnight bus back home. it's cheaper than the train and i've heard it's not "that" bad. but, we'll see. it's an adventure and we've so done the train.

so, in sum: training was awesome. i love my fellow kaz quits. i am super inspired to be the kick-assing-est volunteer ever. buses are smaller than trains. i am a little sleepy. i am one quarter of the way through service. yay.

6 Comments:

Blogger Mom said...

Ashli,
I'm glad you had a great time
in Almaty.
I'll write more later!
I Love you and miss you!
Mommers

12:04 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

hey there, i just got back from Mexico (my trip to puerto vallarta that you were hella jealous of). it was fun there, and the weather was decent (sunny and 85 all week). we did lots of cool stuff; swimming w/ dolphins, went on a pirate ship, went snorkling, etc. if you drop me an e-mail i may be able to tell you more of my amazing journey (and send some pics).

also, i think you'd like to know that president bush has said that americans that can speak foreign languages are good, especially those who know "critical" languages, such as; chinese, hindi, arabic, farsi (spelling), and russian. RUSSIAN! woot, you "know" that, eventually you'll completely know it! good for you you progressive thinker you!

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Two years ago we were going down the highway and screaming "21" into the phone at Giffin. It was a freakin' blast.

Two years from now we'll be crying "25" and talking about how we're almost 30. Hahaha

Te quiero y te echo de menos mas y mas cada dia. Hasta nos vemos otra vez...

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to hear that you're safe and well

DAD

6:06 PM  
Anonymous matt said...

http://www.canicrash.org/

for your consideration when planning your future european travels. the only thing better than cheap is free!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous a Warner Bros said...

be vewry, vewry careful, . sum one is schweaping!

10:31 PM  

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