The Great Haircut Smackdown: USA vs. the World

On a Saturday afternoon in mid-October, I nervously sat down on a black leather chair in a hair salon on the outskirts of Moscow and held my breath. I had been on the road for […]

How I Blew My Budget in Central Asia

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Central Asia was supposed to be cheap. I was supposed to stay in yurts and with local families and eat cheap street food. The money I saved in […]

7 Things I Love About the ‘Stans

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

By the time I boarded my flight out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on September 16, I was ready to say goodbye to Central Asia. My three months in the region left me physically and mentally exhausted […]

It’s a Bazaar Life

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

In some ways, walking down the streets of Tashkent, Shymkent or Bishkek  doesn’t feel all that different from a stroll through the center of any city in the United States or Europe. You pass a […]

A Morning at the Karakol Animal Market

Karakol animal market, Kyrgyzstan

Visiting countries like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan tend to take you back in time. Life in the small villages is so much simpler than our life today in the United States – but I suspect it […]

Signs, Signs…Everywhere, Signs

Jeti Oghuz, Kyrgyzstan

  I was determined to ignore the signs.   I can be stubborn that way. I plan something and I set my mind to do it and even when things start to go a little […]