We’ve subscribed to the local Tokmok newspaper, although we’re waiting for it to come for the first time, since it’s a weekly paper. It costs less than 10 cents an issue.
I stumbled on soybean paste in Bishkek. What a happy surprise. And it was a surprise. I’m also going to work on a tip that Chinese red sugar is a good substitute for brown sugar, and to try again to find whole wheat flour in the bazaar. We also found a cake pan which means there will be a more normal-looking birthday cake this week than I was thinking.
There really is so much more available in Bishkek than there was five years ago. Yesterday we found a mall with interesting stores, good food, warm air, and bumper cars. The boys had a great time. I was happy to eat doner kebab.
It’s been cold, but not as cold as it was when we were in Bishkek five years ago. There was a stretch then when the high temperature was -13, but that’s been our low temperature. It’s supposed to be around 0 for the high most of this week. Cozy.
It turns out the family likes yogurt even more when I make it with fresh, whole milk. We’ve always eaten about 3 liters a week, but I have to make at least 5 liters a week now. So good.
Now that I’ve hashed and rehashed food prices here, I’m going to have to start on inflation. There are several things that have gone up noticeably in price since we’ve been here. The next American who complains about how hard things are in the US right now ought to get a virtual bop.