Posts in category "Central Asia"

Central Asia Just after the Soviet Union to the Present: Looking Back at Thubron's Travel Book

I’ve been reading Colin Thubron’s travel book, The Lost Heart of Asia, which he wrote in 1994, three years after Central Asia gained its freedom from the Soviet Union. In addition to its being beautifully written, I’m finding his discussions related to the area’s future interesting, having now seen it almost 20 years later. He... Read more »

Riding an Akhal-Teke Horse in Turkmenistan

  Add to the Arabian stallions, Chincoteague ponies and Lipizzaners, the Akhal-Teke horses. I learned about the Akhal-Tekes when we visited the Arkadash stable just outside Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. These  horses, descendants of the original Mongolian breed, are magnificent. Their colors range from black, to cream,  to golden or silver. Regardless they shine golden in the sun, especially around the neck. Tall... Read more »

Pilaf Recipe from Uzbekistan

I cooked an Uzbekistan pilaf on Saturday using the recipe from my blog. Warning! Cut the rice in half. It’s way too much and you lose the taste of everything else. Also use more coriander. The spice gets lost in all that rice.

Central Asia and US Hockey Player Ryan McDonagh

Central Asia is in. Take a look at the article in the New York Times(Saturday Oct. 27, p. B9) about Ryan McDonaugh playing Hockey in Kazakhstan during the NHL lockout. Astana, where he is living, sounds and looks, according to the story, very much like I described Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in my early blogs. Modern, 21st century architecture,... Read more »

Menus and Recipes for a Central Asian Dinner

I have friends coming for dinner this coming Saturday and have decided to cook Central Asian style again. I cooked a Central Asian meal two weeks ago for another group of friends. For both dinners I am duplicating the many meals I had at the homes of the craftsmen on the tour. I’ve compiled my recipes from our... Read more »

Spelling Proper Names in Central Asia

I have a dilemma that one of the readers of this blog  brought to my attention. How should I spell the various proper names I’ve been discussing. Is it Ahal-tekke or Akhal teke or akhal te-ke? Pishpek, Bishkek or Bishpek? Khyrgystan or Kyrgystan? I’ve seen these names spelled in all of these variations. Why so many... Read more »

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)... Read more »

Taking Off for Istanbul And the Central Asia Tour

The dogs know something is going on. They’ve been sniffing at the suitcases since I got them out two days ago. Nuala, the Irish Terrier, keeps close by me, closer than she usually does Tonii, the collie, whines whenever I go near the luggage the way she whines when I get the car out for... Read more »

Getting the Necessities for a Central Asia Tour: Passport, Visas, Inoculations

The Tour Company sent a huge packet of stuff, including a list of things I would need to travel in Central Asia. I wasn’t worried, my passport was current and I’d had my tetanus shot less than ten years ago. All I had to deal with were Visas. Then came the fine print. The passport... Read more »

What to take on a tour of Central Asia where there are no Laundromats, Beauty Salons or Drug Stores

The dog keeps eating the guest soaps spread out on the guestroom bed, leaving the wrappers on the carpet in the hallway. It’s amazing how she selects just the soaps from among the 3 oz. bottles of shampoo, conditioner, spray net, shaving cream, tooth paste, scope, deodorant, perfume, moisturizing cream, hand antiseptic sprays, powder, pill... Read more »
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    Carolyn Boiarsky

    " 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 University 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 traveled 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 10 years my husband and I traveled 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. I've joined a tour to Central Asia and traveled to China to work with the pandas. Two years ago, I returned to Europe--Inreland, England, and France--to present a paper at a Conference and then visit friends. It's 2017 now and London once again draws me in. This time I'm fulfilling my dream of taking my grandchildren to Europe. I've rented a flat near Hyde Park and ordered London passes for everyone. A new adventure. Old friends. Another banquet.

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