Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan

Friday, November 25, 2005


3 Turkeys
7 kilos (15 pounds) of mashed potatoes
7 pies
8 cans of corn
8 bottles of champagne
1 batch of pumpkin soup
2 cans of cranberry sauce
5 salads
1 football
1 apartment
23 people
20 months since last eating turkey
1 heck of a Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2005


Today, while strolling up a dirt road in Osh, I was reminded of why I love living here. A gray-bearded, rope wielding, elfin looking man walked passed me, flogging his horned goats to pasture. It wasn’t simply bearing witness to this act which made me reflect on my surroundings, there was something else too…

We had our first frost this morning. The air was clearer than usual and the morning sun glittered off the crystal glazed silver earth. It reminded me of those first few frozen mornings of Minnesota winter, when I’d walk out to my car and notice the sun’s rays passing through a tree’s dark, barren branches—those stark, textured skeletons reaching skyward like the knobby fingers of a cackling witch suddenly enveloped in white light.

Everything becomes so clear and captured in those cold mornings that we can see our own breath, feel our eyes glaze with tears and our cheeks turn ruddy with blood. These are the mornings when we understand poetry and appreciate song. These are the mornings when life seems more valuable than the things we’ve amassed. These are the mornings when we understand why we are alive.

Enjoy them. I know I do.

Larry Tweed

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Center for American Studies, Osh, Kyrgyzstan

We finally have internet at the Center for American Studies!!! Thanks again to all of those who contributed to the Peace Corps Partnership Project. The new computers have been in use non-stop since we brought them in 2 1/2 weeks ago. I hope to post some photos of our center, our students and our staff in the near future. We have all been very busy and one of my colleagues, Miraj (pronounced "mirage"), recently learned that he was chosen (among hundreds) to go to the United States for a 6 month "Junior Faculty Development Program". Here's the kicker, it sounds like he will be studying at the University of Minnesota.

That's the quick update from Kyrgyzstan. Take care folks,


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bearded Superhero. If only you could see the red Fruit of the Looms that I had on over my black leotards...