First! Snow! Day!
One of the best things about Central Asia is (apparently) that its snow is epic. We already have an inch of snow on the ground and it’s still snowing. (On top of that, our teacher is out of town and couldn’t get a sub, so it turned into a legit snow day!) Woo!
Coming back from class after realizing the teacher wasn’t going to show up. Awesome!
In other news, I recently went to a Korean karaoke restaurant. It was pretty awesome. I butchered a few songs, and my friends joined in.
(L to R) Me rockin’ out, Almira–a new friend who speaks French better than English, Brian–a teammate from Texas, and Jon–a teammate from Oklahoma (the last two are both my roomies)
Last week, I also played some games and roasted some hot dogs with a group from two different Uyghur churches. It was a blast, even though(almost) no one could speak any English.
I felt like I was at a Chi Alpha retreat! (Or maybe back in Boy Scouts.)
Two weeks ago, I went to an American football game. It was between the local team, in blue, and a team from one of the neighboring ‘stans in white. The local team, coached by my two roommates and friend Alex dominated them 36 to 12. It was awesome.
Some of you might recognize the white jerseys. They were donated to the white team by Evangel University in Springfield, where one of my teammates went to school.
And I don’t have a picture of this, but a couple weeks ago, a friend we met from Poland dared me and my roommate Jon (Elisa, our Italian friend, ended up coming, too) to eat dog with him at a Korean restaurant (a different one than the karaoke place). We did. It was actually kinda tasty, but I don’t plan on doing it again.
And here are a few more random pictures for your viewing pleasure:
Yes, a Mizzou fan in Central Asia! He’s from Alabama (I believe), and went to a sports camp at Mizzou. But I’m counting it! Hat and shirt! This was taken at the American football game.
Jon and I ran into an anti-smoking concert on campus, and so we rocked out. We were the only two people dancing, but it was awesome. Afterward, a few people wanted to take their pictures with us, including these two volunteers. People can’t talk to you about anything Life-giving unless you’re visible. The signs read, “We say no” (and then other words I don’t know, haha).
I saw this a few weeks ago. It’s one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen since coming here…
…Except possibly this. Although not incredibly common, these stickers are placed on the backs of cars to indicate that this car contains a “female driver.” It reads, “Respect me!” There are also stickers like this to indicate student drivers and cars with small children in them.