Well it just dumped like a foot a snow here in Sarkand, and it is still snowing! It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but peeing outside sure spices things up a bit : )
Teaching is starting to get revved up and I’m keeping busy. Right now I teach 16 hours a week, plan with the local teachers, play/coach volleyball, apparently I am planning a Christmas pageant, answer a million questions from people who want to speak English, make visuals, figure out what is going on around me, ‘wash’ my clothes by hand, study Kazakh, collect water from the river… ya know the usual.
I was walking home today and had this realization that Kazakh people are wayyy tougher than Americans. Well maybe you are tough, so I should just say they are way tougher than me. Not only that, they do all of this and still manage to walk in high heals on ice with unbelievable grace, and look like super models all the time. I, on the other hand, am a hott freaking mess!! My hair is a grease ball, my clothes smell, my shoes are not high heals and I fall all the time, and 1 pm rolls around and I’m dead tired. They work til 7 without yawning once! Oi! It will get easier. I will get tougher. 2 years: So much to do, so little time. Teach lots of English, learn at least a little more Kazakh, and celebrate successes! Who is coming for a visit? Who wants to meet me in India? Who is running the marathon in Greece with me?
This whole experience is so surreal. Kazakhstan has kinda just hugged me up and I realized that I have lost track of time, home, and how I got here. Little things like birthdays I’ve missed or forgotten, holiday’s that I feel distant from, and people I haven’t reached out to. All of you reading this are incredibly important people in my life, and have shaped me into the woman I am today. Thank you so much for who you are and all of your support! I now have Skype so I would love to chat and reconnect! Schanell10… Email me and we can figure out a time… I’m 13 hours ahead.
Ok so back to this Christmas Pageant shenanigans. If anyone has some scripts, ideas, songs, guidance, sanity pills.. please, please, please email them to me! I will be sure to take lots of pictures!! Yay. Oh did I tell you we’re calling it the “Best American Christmas EVER”. Oh and I’m starting a girls group. Anyone have some resources on that? Schanell5@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.