Category Archives: Tajikistan

The Land You Choose

Today is Valentines Day. Many think its a day of giving and getting, whether it be cards or candy, food or flowers, but to me Valentines Day is a day for people to stop and take stock of those they … Continue reading

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Not Locals, Friends

Last night I talked about my recent travels. I met a bunch of people who had heard stories about me, and the places I’ve gone, and things that I’d done, but they’d never met me.  Early on, one woman commented: … Continue reading

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“Men in Hats, Women in tunics and pants, and the Monobrow”

When you first land in Tajikistan you will be immediately struck by two things. One is that you are dreadfully tired. The flight probably arrives at 3 am and as it is 12 hours ahead of Pacific time, thus making … Continue reading

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I sounded my Barbaric Yawp ON the roof of the world

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world. – Walt Whitman (LEAVES OF GRASS) Bulunkul is a small village in an obvious glacier valley resting at … Continue reading

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Bombs are Loud

When the bomb went off, I hadnt thought it was a bomb. I thought it was a crane dumping materials, or my neighbor doing house work. At 8:03 this morning I was sipping a cup of coffee watching BBC World … Continue reading

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“think us violent and stupid”: Arriving

Emomali’s chubby face peered into mine with intent, almost like he was questioning a spy, or at least a man caught trying to steal a wallet. The trays from two airplane meals were stacked on his tray table, and this, … Continue reading

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My accidental breakfast with a former…”terrorist”

*name of person has been changed to K. to protect him* I could not sleep. I had fallen asleep fast and hard when I had arrived home the night before as I had woken up at 4am that morning. But … Continue reading

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“I can’t break my fast without…”

Welcome readers, if you did not know, to the month of Ramadan! The month where Muslims all over the world show their respect  to Allah, and their faith by not eating or drinking, smoking or (as the French news put … Continue reading

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Could the Soviet Union Have Done Something Right?

I am sure my grandfather, well both of them, would be spitting mad if they read this entry. And even though I loved and still respect both of them, I feel it’s worth writing. See in the US we have … Continue reading

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The Stork and the Golden Grain

Click here to read about the cool book my MFI made to explain MicroFinance. HERE And afterwards, if you haven’t already, take a look around the Kiva Fellows blog. There are some really interesting things there.

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