Good Reads in the ‘Stans’

Sami’s Choice: In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared by Christopher Robbins

This is an informative and interesting collection of facts strung together in a masterfully written travel log. The book covers topics including nuclear testing, the disappearance of the Aral Sea, the lives of famous deportees (Dostoevsky, Trotsky and Solzhenitsyn), and many other interesting stories. Continue reading

The Nomadic Life

As I sit in our hotel looking out at the mountains covered in snow, I can’t help but identify with the nomadic way of life here in Kyrgyzstan. We’ve been on the road for two months now and in that time have been to four countries and stayed in ten homes. We have become so accustomed to packing up our lives and moving now that it feels like second nature, and we are so glad that our nomadic way of life has brought us to this beautiful country. Continue reading