June 20, 2024 - went on a walk outside of my village yesterday ๐Ÿ˜Š

pink flowers in foreground, mountains in background

June 19, 2024 - progress on the new outdoor toilet. it’s deeper than the old one, which is good, but now I will be even more worried about dropping something in it ๐Ÿ˜ฌ the hole seems smaller than our current one, which doesn’t seem wise. at least the toilet will be more stable than our old wooden one

base/foundation of an outdoor toilet made of concrete with a hole cut in it already

June 18, 2024 - flowers in front of my school yesterday. went to school but it was a holiday, so the guard refused to open it

flowers and grass in a small fenced area on the left side of the main door into a school

June 17, 2024 - double rainbow in my village yesterday evening. I took a picture when there was more rainbow, but I didn’t like the way it came out with the top of one my host family’s vehicles, lots of powerlines, and the roof of our outdoor kitchen

part of a double rainbow visible above a dirt, village road

June 16, 2024 - yesterday helped the women in my host family prepare boorsok and set the table for Eid today

table with a large pile of small pieces of fried dough (boorsok)

June 15, 2024 - back wall of a neighbor’s stable. My sister and I were playing with a flying toy and she accidentally got it stuck on the stable’s roof. I managed to climb up where the bricks jut out a bit and retrieve the toy. I almost knocked over one of the (concrete?) shingle pieces

mud brick wall with logs to support wood pieces and large concrete shingle pieces on top

June 14, 2024 - Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

view of a road with buildings on both sides and mountains in the background

June 13, 2024 - it’s so nice to be back in my village after burning in Istanbul and Bishkek. 20ยฐC was the high yesterday, and it’s been raining a lot (though the rain rarely lasts longer than 30 min). Feels amazing. Definitely no regrets about being placed in Naryn oblast ๐Ÿ˜Š

green field in front of mountains

June 12, 2024 - Dolmabahรงe Palace area entrance. The palace was built in the 1800s. Staff was very strict about not taking pictures inside the palace buildings. (Topkapi Palace also had no photography signs, but I didn’t see any staff members stopping people from taking photos like I did here)

ornate arch made of marble or stone

June 11, 2024 - Grand Bazaar entrance, Istanbul, Turkey. (I’m back in my village now, just wanted to post another picture from my Istanbul trip last week)

arch with Grand Bazaar on it and two Turkish flags flying above it

June 10, 2024 - a bug I saw on the street in Bishkek. it appears to be some kind of beetle?

dark beetle with light gray body and black horizontal stripes running across. and long antennae

June 9, 2024 - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

moon in the sky next to a storefront

June 8, 2024 - Istanbul, Turkey

orange kitten under a yellow car on a cobblestone street

June 7, 2024 - St. Anthony of Padua Church. Istanbul, Turkey

top of a light colored church with light blue windows

June 6, 2024 - Istanbul, Turkey

bridge across the sea to another part of Istanbul at night

June 5, 2024 - inside Topkapi Palace, Turkey

room with old Turkish architectural elements

June 4, 2024 - Istanbul, Turkey

bridge over the sea connecting two islands with trees and buildings

June 3, 2024 - in Istanbul, Turkey

seagull standing on a fountain wall

June 2, 2024 - Istanbul, Turkey. I’m pretty sure this is what Kyrgyz people say when riding horses to make them stop. I wonder if there’s a connection there? (Turkish and Kyrgyz are both Turkic languages and have quite a few similar words)

stop sign in a parking lot with the letters DUR on it

June 1, 2024 - a friend I met yesterday

brown calf behind a patch of grass and yellow flowers in front of a potato field

May 31, 2024 - spring, almost summer, in my village ๐Ÿ™‚

brown, slightly green snow-capped mountains in front of crop fields and grass fields at midday

May 30, 2024 - canal in my village at morning

orange/pink sunrise reflected in the water of a small canal

May 29, 2024 - we had a visitor yesterday ๐Ÿ˜

small hedgehog next to a concrete step

May 28, 2024 - my host sister pointing at an orange and blue volleyball that we accidentally got stuck on the roof of a stable while my host mom is walking toward us in the background with a wooden ladder ๐Ÿ˜

back of a girl in red shirt with a ponytail pointing at an orange ball on a roof

May 27, 2024 - yum ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐ŸŒฟ

brown cow with head raised and tongue extended to eat a small branch of leaves