Culture and Research

15 11 2010

I had quite the busy weekend, which was nice, because I’ve admittedly fallen into a somewhat lazy routine in the last month or so.

 

Friday night, a whole bunch of us young expats (including our new friends Kirstin and Farrell) went to dinner at a restaurant that specializes in rabbit dishes and cocktails.  I had one of each, and they were both fantastic!  My cocktail, my waiter explained to me, had something to do with berries from Issyk-Kul.  There were a lot of other words involved that I didn’t understand, but the drink was delicious.  After dinner, we went to the Aussie Butcher shop and Metro Pub to continue the night.  A good time was had by all, methinks.

 

On Saturday, I got myself some culture and went to the ballet!  The National Theatre was presenting a presentation of Giselle with a Kyrgyz company, but principles from Russia.  Now, I’ll admit that I’m not a huge ballet connoisseur (and I had to check how to spell connoisseur), so perhaps I was missing some of the subtlety of the performance, but I was a little bit bored.  There was surprisingly little actual dancing.  Like I said, I’m not sure if that was because the choreography just wasn’t incredibly challenging or if I was expecting too much, but I was underwhelmed.  The second act, which featured just the principles and a chorus (is chorus the right word here?) of ballerinas, was much more interesting, as it allowed the principles to shine.  And there was much less plot.  Either way, I’m still glad that I went.  The theatre itself was quite lovely, and I hope to catch something else there.

 

Sunday, which was my Grandma Meade’s 80th birthday(!), was spent toiling away in preparation for this presentation I’m giving at Kyrgyz Manas University on Thursday.  I was asked by one of the Kyrgyz Fulbright Alumnae if I would give a presentation on multilingualism and education to a group of university students who are preparing to be language teachers.  I agreed, and it’s been a good catalyst to delve into the literature and beef up the foundations of my research.  I’m hoping to make some good contacts through the presentation, as I’m hoping to actually start on some of my field research next month.

 

Tomorrow is Kurman Ait (the Feast of Sacrifice), signifying the end of the hajj, so we don’t have classes at London School.  I still have some work to do on my presentation, so it won’t be a completely lazy day for me.  Gotta get my Power Point swerve on!  (yes, I just said that)

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4 responses

15 11 2010
Kirstin @ ivorypomegranate

Thanks for the shout-out, we had lots of fun too!

Do you get Kyrgyz and British holidays off at the London school? Going to the “american” university, every possible Kyrgyz, Soviet, or American holiday means a day off. I feel like I get to skip a day or two of classes every week. Sigh, the Kyrgyz way, I guess.

15 11 2010
kurtinkstan

We don’t get international holidays off. Just the Kyrgyz ones. And not even all of those. Na primer, we didn’t get the holiday last week off. It seems a bit arbitrary. But definitely the big Kyrgyz holidays yes.

15 11 2010
Ryan H

Rabbit cocktails, mmmm.

8 05 2013
Tamela

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