12 May 2006

Water Woes (Not Mine)

The hot water is officially off for the month (hopefully) in Bishkek. We're fortunate to have a water heater in the bathroom. I could survive cold showers for a month, but getting two boys to take baths in cold water for that long wouldn't be a picnic.

The water from the water heater smells like rotten eggs though. I don't mind the smell at Yellowstone, but I don't care to smell it in the bathroom.

But I really can't complain, because at least I have running water. Boiling water to do the dishes isn't that bad when I can just turn on the tap to get it. And many people in Kyrgyzstan aren't that fortunate.

At least you always know someone has it worse than you. And I really hope Karakol's city services are more along the lines of Bishkek instead of Naryn.


  1. Jamie HollisMay 12, 2006

    Karakol's water runs almost always except for one little area of town that has to get it from the wells in the summer....however electricity does come and go. We were always cold in our apartment through the winter even though we lived in quite a nice building. At least one night a week it was out when I lived there. And of course, the hot water gets turned off regularly. But your right about the fact that you can never complain much, because all you have to do is boil the cold water and at least you have it running through the faucet. And we had enough funds to run little space heaters which so many did without. Overall the facilities in Karakol aren't bad and much closer to Bishkek then a smaller village. It was quite good to look at all of the pictures. I do hope that you and your family enjoyed your travels. I'll finally be there in one month!

  2. We're also hoping to go to Talas before the end of the semester, and if we can go to Karakol next year, we'll certainly plan a trip there before we actually move there. All I can say is that I'm really glad we chose Karakol for a place to stay the second year!

    I hope I get a chance to meet you Jamie, either in Bishkek or Karakol.

  3. Your posts always make me think. Today I am thinking I am pretty danged spoiled. Thanks Amira.

  4. Jamie HollisMay 13, 2006

    We'll let you know our rough schedule as it gets closer as it would be a lot of fun to get together at some point. Are you definitely moving to Karakol? How long? If you do then you'll have to meet our landlady Rozia. She knows everyone and is the go-to lady for just about anything you'll need. She was a huge help when we were living there even though she doesn't speak a word of English.

  5. We still haven't heard for sure on Karakol. If we do get to go there, we'll probably move out in mid-August and hopefully stay till the next July. I'd definitely be interested in meeting your landlady, since it sounds like you found a good place to live.

    Thanks for stopping by, s'mee.

  6. 71 Gebza street is definitely a great location. It's an apartment building that used to be used for government officials and it's quite close to the university. One of the guys that used to run the orphanage lived there while we did and now my friends live in the same building. Just down the street from the best restaurant in town, Kench. Quite convenient overall....make sure you look into it if you head that way. Also, there is an American couple that live there full time and work at the universities named Steve and Michelle that you'll have to meet and they know many of the peace corps that work in the surrounding villages. Do know though, that after having been in Karakol for a solid four months that I did experience culture shock when we went back to visit Bishkek and there were billboards and so many cars! Never thought I would experience culture shock from that angle in Kyrgyzstan.

  7. I saw Bishkek through entirely new eyes after being in Naryn for just a few days.

    We'll be sure to look into that building if we go. We'd probably be at the law academy if we go, but I think that's in the center of town too.