Sometimes I wonder why I like living overseas, especially in a place like Kyrgyzstan. Yesterday on a message board I frequent I got into a conversation about why someone might want to move here. The other person lives in Eastern Europe and is looking for another country to live in. I didn't suggest Kyrgyzstan as an option (Indonesia, Czech Republic, and Uruguay were my ideas- she needs a place that isn't very expensive), but she was asking about Bishkek anyway and it felt so weird because no one ever asks about living here as a real option. Later someone came on saying Kyrgyzstan is a horrible place to live and the conversation ended.
Anyway. It made me think about why I like it here or in the Middle East or wherever else expats usually get paid extra just to live there. I just like to observe everyday life and the less familiar the place I'm living, the more interesting everyday life is. I don't need people to talk to me, I don't need social interaction, I don't need to see all the sights (although it's nice when there are some). I just like to get out and see how people do things and I get lots of that in Bishkek. There's something interesting every day.