Friday, December 19, 2014
Our Kid is the Coolest
We had so much fun building blocks, coloring, bowling, playing music, reading, and just hanging out together. He has such a fun and easygoing personality, and the caretakers say he knows lots of words in both Russian and Kyrgyz. He even knew how to give a high five, and he called me "Mama!" It was super hard to leave him; we wanted to take him home today! We can't wait to go see him again tomorrow morning.
In no particular order, here are some other things we've noticed so far, items of interest, etc.:
-people here wear a lot of fur...fur coats, fur hoods, fur-trimmed skirts, etc.
-the mountains are a lot bigger and more beautiful than we expected
-traffic in Bishkek is pretty crazy and crowded in the afternoon
-menu items are heavily focused on meat
-stray dogs of all shapes and sizes roam the streets
-the only thing separating the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan is a barbed wire fence
-you can get 58 som (the Kyrgyz currency) per 1 US dollar today
-cars and rooms are kept at a very high temperature (I'm always taking off my coat)
-babies/kids are excessively bundled up to go outside for even a brief moment
-not a lot of Christmas lights are up, but the ones that are tend to be the rope light kind
-you can function on less than three hours of sleep in two days
Because of our severe lack of sleep on the loooooong trip here (almost exactly 30 hours from our front door in Denver to the door of our hotel in Kyrgyzstan!), Zack and I are headed to bed, even though it's only 6pm here. We hope to sleep through the night and be all caught up tomorrow. I'd like to write more about the rest of our day, but I'm ready to crash. What an amazing start to our trip though; our future son is so cool!