Kirsten in Kyrgyzstan

These are just a few words about my journey to the other side of the world. Enjoy.

Week 3

So, I’ve only been in Kyrgyzstan a couple weeks now. It’s all been a great time and I’ve already so many great, new experiences. I haven’t used a western toilet since I left the states, I’ve been chased by dogs, squeezed into a marshrutka with stinky, sweaty people (it’s not too bad), met 37 fellow volunteers and new friends and been living with a new family!!! All of that is just the tip of the iceberg and I can only imagine what more will come my way. I learned the Cyrillic alphabet in ONE DAY and am becoming a beginner Kyrgyz speaker. Russian lessons started this past Saturday and will continue every week for the next 8 weeks. My host family adopted a new puppy last night, which is just another reason for me to smile every day. This country is just amazing and I’ve only seen a fraction [photos and video soon to come]. There is endless beauty in every direction here. Also, to put various people’s minds at ease: I feel completely safe here and am confident to maintain my feeling of safety and security. Take care, America.

Until next time. 

Kirsten (almost) in Kyrgyzstan

Tomorrow my journey across the world will begin. I’ve prepared for this for almost 2 years now. It seems so surreal that I’m finally doing what I’ve worked so hard to achieve. I miss my mother and my dog, Oscar, more than I ever could have imagined. My friends, family and acquaintances have become more important to me in recent weeks than ever before. At this point, I have no idea what the future holds, but I have met some seemingly awesome people in the last day and a half and I’m definitely prepared to build some long lasting friends and make unforgettable memories. I’m so happy to be offered the opportunity to become a part of Peace Corps and I look forward to what is yet to come.