Home Again (from Kyrgystan) and Back to Central Asia

I've been back almost a week and I think I'm finally over my jet lag. Today is the first day I haven't awakened at 3:30 am.

I started on my trip back at 6:30 am. on the North side (the sunny side) of Lake Ysyk-Kul last Tuesday. We arrived back in Bishtek (Originally called Bishpek) about 4:00 pm.  No time to rest although we did have our rooms back at the 5 star Hyatt Regency. Instead we used the time to run to the local Department store to pick up T shirts for the men back home and then returned to our rooms with just enough time to repack our suitcases before we met for our final vodka drinks at 6 pm. Then dinner at the hotel at 7 pm, after dinner drinks at 8:30 pm., finish packing, get our suitcases out in the hall by 11:40 and onto the bus at midnight for our flights back home. Our flight took off from Bishkek at 3:50 am. and arrived in Istanbul at 6:30 am (with a 3 hour time change). Then a seven hour wait until we could board our flight to Chicago at 1:30 pm. Twelve hours of flying and we finally landed at O'hare at 6:30 p.m. Charlie was there with his A-1 Limo to take me home and turn me and the suitcases over to a cheerful housesitter and two ecstatic, tail wagging, nose snuggling dogs.

Yesterday  I transferred my photographs to the computer. I'll begin to get them onto this blog shortly. In the meantime, I'll also try to fill in the holes in my itinerary that you didn't get to read about because I never had the time to edit them (the bumpy bus ride made havoc with my typing) or transfer them from my phone or pieces of paper on which I wrote notes to the computer. I'll write more about Bukhara, one of my three favorite cities, as I promised our Uzbekistan guide, Eugene, and I'll include recipes that I received from our Ferghana guide, Nadya. So keep reading.


Filed under: Central Asia, Kyrgystan


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  • Sounds as if your trip was worth all of the travel. Looking forward to hearing more about your favorite cities.

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    " I am an American," but not "Chicago born" like Augie March. Only Chicago aged. I'd like to think that if Henry Louis Gates were to investigate my geneology, he would discover in my past three women who traveled around the globe, chronicling their adventures. Sarah Kemble Knight traveled 112 miles by carriage from Boston to New York in 1704, a journey most women did not embark on alone (and men did so only with some trepidation). In fact, women were only just beginning to exercise their independence in the 1920's when Emily Kimbrough took off with her friend, Cornelia Otis Skinner, to explore Europe. But it is Auntie Mame, transforming herself from a New Yorker to the wife of an Austrian Baron and climbing the Matterhorn, whose mantra I have adopted. "LIFE IS A BANQUET...LIVE!" I began travelling in the 1960's when I traveled around western Europe between graduating from the Univiersity of Pennsylvania and my first job as a statehouse correspondent for UPI (United Press International) in Charleston, West Virginia, which was about as foreign a place as Europe was to someone who grew up in the environs of Philadelphia. Since then, I've also travelled to Kaunas, Lithuania, to teach at Vytautus Magnus University and to Sheffield, England, to present a paper at an engineering conference. I've been to the Alps and seen Auntie Mame's Matterhorn while climbing, by a series of cable cars rather than by foot, toward the peak of Mont Blanc. For the past 10 years my husband and I have been traveling to unique places: a sheep farm during lambing season in England's Lake Country, a hotel on one of the Barromeo Islands in the middle of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, and a cottage in Dun Quin on the Dingle Peninsula which the Irish claim is the last parish before Boston. Between excursions, I'm a professor in the Department of English at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana,. My husband passed away recently and, Auntie Mame-style, I am in the process of transforming myself. Last year I joined a tour to Central Asia. This year I'm going to China to work with the pandas. A new adventure. Another banquet.

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