Well, thank goodness that's over!
Stayed in Kazakhstan for just over a year. Hmm. Well, apart from the mishaps going to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and the frustrations to do with getting working visas it was pretty safe and...
Look, there just isn't all that much to do here and Astana is effing expensive. We saw the river frozen, thawed and stinky and then frozen again. We went to the park and saw the Pyramid and the monument thing and we used public transport and took about 200 photos (averaging about 16 photos per month) of anything that seemed remotely noteworthy. Mostly stray cats.
After approximately 600 classes teaching English I learned that I hate children under the age of ten even more than I thought I did (I didn't think it would be humanly possible). And despite my initial optimism it seems I will never grow out of having a small panic attack every time I have to talk to strangers. My attempt at acquiring the skill of natural conversation and pleasant, casual interaction has pretty much failed, but fortunately without any spectacular disasters to show for it. Without any doubt I'm looking forward to a career that keeps me in a nice quiet greenhouse, laboratory or garden away from people thankyouverymuch.
The husband, however, has natural showmanship and charisma that has his male students fighting for his company and his female students swooning at his feet. This compounds my frustration at myself, but I'm happy for him and I admire his ability.
We fostered a kitten. We didn't learn much Russian. We played in the snow but didn't make a snowman because its either too cold (the snow stays powdery and doesn't stick together) or the snow is dirty. We saw some fireworks. We ate more beetroot than we ever have.
Anyway, now we're moving to Thailand for a few years! Yay! Promises to be a lot more fun, and not just because I can grow things! Maybe I can take up art again, the husband encourages me for which I am glad:3 He'll be studying Management at an English University there.
I keep dreaming of living in sewers, crawling through sewers, claustrophobia setting in. I don't get lost, but every time I pass through the tunnels they get narrower, tighter, no air..
here's hoping for a update before 2012