Category Archives: 3 Lessons Learned

Wisdom comes from experience. Especially shitty ones. We’ve had a lot. Here are some.

Sign of the Times: Cambodia

There are countless (as in, more than we feel like counting) groups on Flickr and Panoramio dedicated to signs – misspelled signs, signs with double entendres, vandalized signs, old racist signs and tacky vintage signs. Signs, authoritative in their permanence … Continue reading

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Childhood In Central Asia: A Primer

“So to you, all the kids/ All across the land There’s no need to argue/ Parents just don’t understand”  While these lines certainly hold true for those whose parents insist on buying them dorky clothes that provoke fits of laughter … Continue reading

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Tiger Leaping Gorge: Why We’re Great Travelers

Carved with elegant patience by the furious currents of the Yangtze, Tiger Leaping Gorge – dramatic and audacious in its grandeur, teeming with terrace-toiling Naxi’s, and seemingly burdened with a Chinglish-y name – is a gobstopper of gobsmackery, providing travelers … Continue reading

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Chinese Food Makes Us Sick

Actually, somehow, it didn’t. Probably because we didn’t eat most of it. Although we did sample snake (to avenge our phobic physician friend), chicken’s feet (a gift from our cowboy hat-sporting trainmates) and, of course, dog meat, our knowing bowels tended to … Continue reading

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Where There Is No Reason

On our recent All-American Peace Corps Grand Tour of Kazakhstan 2010 (Kaz69), we spied on just about every Volunteer’s bookshelf their Corps-required copy of David Werner’s Where There Is No Doctor, a detailed (and very graphically illustrated) guide to facing … Continue reading

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Going Native: Kazakhstan via Americans II

Part II of our thorough, incisive, unbiased, wholesome, American, thirdhand account of Kazakhstan. (Continued from Part I.) Names: Mark and Mike Location: Taraz, a reasonably picturesque college town Profession: Peace Corps non-profit management consultant and English teacher, respectively Kaz21 Newbies, Mark, … Continue reading

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Going Native: Kazakhstan via Americans I

Besides the litany of hygienic horrors and abuses of animals we now encounter on a daily basis, something we hadn’t anticipated before this trip was the basic acknowledgment that other cultures are scary and weird. When the time came to … Continue reading

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