Call Off The Hunt

Stop. Wait a minute. For our friends and family who have been worried about us living half way around the world, worry no more. We have found it. What is “it” you may ask? Well, it is a source for mental relaxation and one of our favorite hobbies . If you know us well you can probably guess what we found….

That’s right.. a miniature golf course. Now, this one is under “remod” as they say and won’t be available to us until the spring, but it gives us something to which we can look forward. We have heard rumor that there is another one in town, but from the looks of it, we think that this will be one classy putt putt joint.

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This must be mini golf around the world. Notice the famous monuments?

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Lesson Learned: Never assume that Central Asians don’t know how to have a good time.

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You Win Some You Lose Some

I love to cook, and a good percentage of the time, I like to eat what I cook. Since I am afraid of failure (and I try to be frugal), I don’t usually try things unless I have some level of confidence that they will turn out. However, I now live far away from Mexico and equally far from any place where you could buy packaged tortillas, so I am on the hunt for viable substitutes. When I came across this recipe for cauliflower tortillas, I knew that I had easy access to cauliflower, so I thought that it was worth a shot.

It would have been easier if I had a food processor, but that was not one of the things that could fit into our 9 suitcases.

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This is how you food process by hand. Who knows how people cooked before they had gadgets and tools.

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After processing and microwaving the cauliflower, a surprising amount of boiling hot water needed to be drained. Safety first!

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The final outcome… not quite what I had hoped for…

Lesson Learned: Unless I develop an intolerance for gluten or gain 50 pounds, I don’t think that I will be settling for cauliflower tortillas again.

Welcome Home

Some of our family and friends have been asking to see our apartment. It took us two weeks to find this one and to get it move-in ready. After that, it took me some time to get it picture ready. I am finally able/ready to share a couple of pictures to give you a glimpse of our new home.

The kitchen is always under construction. It is one of our most used rooms since I get to make everything from scratch.

The kitchen is always under construction. It is one of our most used rooms since I get to make everything from scratch.

Our very peach living room is chock full of couches.

Our very peach living room is chock full of couches.

Yes, that is a washing machine in the bathroom. Here, they wash in a machine, but they air dry everything.

Yes, that is a washing machine in the bathroom. Here, they use washing machines but no dryers.

We are grateful for a comfortable and useful home. We hope to be here for quite a while.

Lesson Learned: Choose carefully where you live.

These boots

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These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do. I love fall. I love my boots, and I love to walk. It is especially fortunate that I love to walk because I am doing a lot of walking all over this new city of ours. As I walk around, I try to enjoy the fall leaves as much as I can because I have learned that in Central Asian countries, they sweep them up as quickly as they can… like on a daily basis. Until winter comes, I will enjoy make the most of it.

To make fall feel more like home, I bought a pumpkin at the bazaar, roasted it, pureed it, and turned it into pumpkin bread. I used this recipe, thank you very much Pinterest!

Lesson Learned: Enjoy fall while you have it. Winter is coming…

Getting Settled

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We have made it. We have arrived in a new country. We have moved into an new apartment, and we have started to learn a new language. Since everything is so new, sometimes you just need something familiar. While there are not a lot of Western chains or stores here, there are a couple coffee shops where you can buy a latte and an americano. It did take us a couple of minutes to order because we were using broken English, charades and pointing, but we got it done. Our efforts resulted in something that was comforting and familiar. Studying in a coffee shop felt like being at home for a few minutes.

We are grateful and excited to be here. Everyday seems to have a new small adventure, but we are working hard to adapt and to learn.

Lesson Learned: A vanilla latte is better than an americano