Thursday, September 23, 2010

I found another mystery novel

Yesterday I found a novel by Alex Cava for 80 som. Again I read the whole book in a day. Now that the number of foreigners in Bishkek is rapidly dwindling it is possible to find small parts of their former libraries for sale. I do not know how many Americans are left in the city, but it is not many.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thank You

I would like to thank all of those people in the US, Canada and elsewhere who have stood by me and helped me in my recent time of need. Your support is greatly appreciated. Things are much better for me and my family now than they were in June in large part because of this assistance. I am truly grateful.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A New Start

Now that I am over 40 I am hoping to be able to get a new start on life. Granted it is not a very promising start at the moment. But, I am a lot better off than I was a couple of months ago. So I am hoping that the rate of improvement will continue and I can find a job at a university somewhere in the next year. If not then I need to reconsider my career. Maybe I can go back to making coffee. It certainly paid a lot better than teaching.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Political Islam in Central Asia

I noticed that Islamic militants staged an attack in Tajikistan recently. It is very unlikely anything like that will happen here soon. But, I do think there is a potential for an Islamic political movement to develop here. I have noticed that people have become increasingly religious recently. Most Kyrgyz still drink vodka during the day during Ramadan, but a growing minority have started actually practicing the tenets of Islam.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It has gotten cold here

The weather here in Bishkek went from boiling hot to freezing cold in a single day last week. It would have been nice to have had a short interval of moderate weather. But, overall things are much better now than they were in the summer.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Small Treasure

It has been a long time since I read a mystery novel. But, yesterday while walking Askarbek to school I found a Lawrence Sander's novel for sale on the street for 50 som (a little over a dollar). I can not say it was the best piece of fiction I have ever read, but I did devour it in one day. The amount of English language literature available in this country is quite limited. Popular novels in particular are hard to come by.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Update on my status

Now that I have solved the problem of impending starvation for a few months, I am trying to deal with more long term problems. I am applying to jobs in the US and elsewhere even though getting work in a US university seems like a long shot. I have also started writing a little bit again after work. But, most of all I have been trying to keep a positive attitude. Not having to worry about my family going hungry helps a lot.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


I fixed my visa and registration problems in July. It now looks like I can cobble together enough paying work to sustain us at least until December. Longer term I hope I can find something steady that pays decently before next August. I am willing to travel anywhere in the world so if anybody has any suggestions please let me know.