Sunday, February 12, 2006

get off my lawn!!

that's right, everyone! i have found a house. not an apartment, but an actual honest to shucks house that i will rent and live in for the remainder of my stay in the stan. i move in the last weekend of february and needless to say, i am super jazzed!! if any of you ever win the lottery and can afford a plane ticket over here, you can so totally stay at my house!! i'll make borsch!!

Needless to say, my address will be changing, so if you have any packages or other mail that you were gonna send, maybe hold out on that until i can get you my new address (which of course, i do not have on me because that would require forethought, which is a characteristic i do not possess). also, my new house will have a new phone number, which i also don't know off the top of my head. but email me if you want this information and i will get it out to you as soon as i have it.

so i know it's been an ass long time since i posted last but that's only because i'm lazy and don't like having to wade through thigh deep snow to get to an internet connection (no joke, we had a butt load of snow). but luckily, i live in the south of kazakhstan and the end of february -- fingers crossed -- means the end of winter. therefore, i should be able to more comfortably walk to the nearest internet connection. so, i'll post more often.

let's see. as far as interesting anecdotes about my life. . . a few weeks back, in the snowy/cold of winter, i actually went to a pool party outside!! even in america, in the summer, i am a rare sight in a bathing suit and in a swimming pool. but in shymkent there is actually a heated outdoor pool that is open to the public year-round for the small fee of 200 tenge per hour. it was boss. the water was so hot that it steamed in the january air. and my hair froze when my head was out of the water for too long. some of the guys even climbed up on the high dives and threw snowballs at us before they dove into the water. it was sweeeeeeet!

right now, i am trying to organize a language camp for some of my fellow 17s so that they can study up some russian and see the awesome spectacle that is nauryz, or kazakh new year. i tell you what, if anyone knows how to celebrate a new year, it's kazakhs. i don't want to give it all away, and because i'm getting good at this whole teaching thing, i'm giving you all an assignment: look up "kok bar" and write a short response to this traditional kazakh game that is played to celebrate the coming of the spring. post it in the comment section. it's due whenever i say it is. i'm the teacher, damn it!!