Well, there is so much to absorb here in Kazakhstan. I am currently using the internet for the first time sincу my departure and my English grammar is poor. It is a strange situation to explain. I am surrounded by Russian and learn it for hours each day. When I talk to my host family I essentialize exactly what I am trying to say so that they might understand what I am saying. We communicate with a dictionary between us. Constantly looking up words, correcting pronunciations, etc. It is a really cool experience.
My host family is very wonderful and my transition from my home to my site was very smooth. This culture is extremely hospitable and always wants to show me love by feeding me food! Eat! Eat! They say this constantly. Food and tea are a huge part of every day. There is a wonderful exchange between us.
Many stories to come of my adventures and experiences. Hopefully I can post more frequently but my schedule is intense.
Kazakhstani Fun Fact: NO one here sits on the ground / floor. They think it makes you infertile.
Peace Corps Blog.
click above to play a traditional Kazakh song that I really like called the Karajorga. It is very popular and there is a traditional dance that is performed with it as well.
March 8, 2011 -
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