More Q and A, and some quick updates
Trip Start Sep 04, 2003
22Trip End Dec 20, 2003
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A: Good questions. I don't know, but I'm working on it.
Ok, well, hypothetically yes, I do have a phone, but it's not very cooperative. First of all, the connection is bad, so it's really hard to hear someone on the other side of Tashkent, so a US connection might be tricky. It might be worth trying, though. Now, I had some phone number issues, but I think they have now been resolved. My new phone number is 56 00 04. I don't remember the country codes and all that off the top of my head, but I will post them later. This new number means that hopefully I will be the only one on the line at one time (this got really annoying when my phone rang at all hours when it was for a different apartment.) As for phone cards, I don't know yet, but Dilfuza said she would check on that for me. Now, there is a 9-hour time difference, and my schedule still fluctuates a lot, so I'll have to figure out mutually suitable times. It would be great to hear familiar voices, though! The timing issue also applies to the Travelpod chat that Mom mentioned (I didn't even realize that had that!) I'll have to get back to you about that, Mom.
My pigeon, Nodira's (named after an Uzbek poet, one of the few notable Uzbek women in history... that I know about, anyway) chicks have hatched! They're still really ugly, but I think they'll be cute soon.
My apartment building lost power last night. At first that was scarier than I would like to admit, but I somehow found a tiny candle stub, and then it was kind of cool.
I can actually hold intelligable conversations with my teacher now, and understand her jokes. I'm still the village idiot when I talk to other people, but I'm working on that.
I went to the Amir Timur history museum today. It was very cool, I highly recommend it. The entrance is breathtaking, with this /enormous/ crystal chandelier, gilded cupola and beautifully painted mural. Cool historical items, too
That's about it for now. I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but thank you so much for all of the emails I've received. They are so supportive, and it means so much! They really do pull me through some tough days, and I felt bad once I realized I hadn't said that yet. You guys are the best.
Well, I'm off now, for dinner and Uzbek flashcards. Love to all.