There's really not all that much to write about during February in Bishkek. Some days it's snowy and some days it's slushy and some days it's cloudy and mostly it's not too cold, but it's generally soggy and sloppy outside. So I've been thinking about where we're going next.
staying here is a good possibility and there are some good reasons to
do that. But there's not much to think about with that, because I know
exactly where I'd want to live and how things would be because we'd be
doing a job we'd done before and I know Bishkek.
another good possibility is to move back to the US, to an eastern
state. I'm a western US person, and when I've lived in the US, it's
nearly always been in the West. So thinking about moving to the East Coast is already
different than, say, moving to Seattle was, or anywhere in Idaho.
biggest thing I'm thinking about is whether we want to live in a tiny
(way tiny) town, or a small city. Usually living near work is a major
priority for us, but the potential work site isn't close to anything
interesting, and my husband is happier commuting to work than I am
everywhere else. So since living near work wouldn't likely be an
option, I want to live where I can walk to at least the grocery store,
and some activities for the boys.
The small city
would be perfect for this because there's a ice rink for the boys, a
library, a grocery store, and all other kinds of interesting things
within a very small area, and a free trolley that runs to another part
of town with an ethnic grocery store and a major university. Hockey, good food, and books. I
think that's about all we need. Not surprisingly though, it's not cheap
to rent in that part of town, and it might quite literally mean that
all we do is eat, read, play hockey. Two other things
about that location- it's about 20 minutes from work and the church
building, and the ward we'd be in has very few kids my older boys' ages.
The tiny (way tiny) town has a grocery store and a library which
would obvious be within walking distance, because it's tiny. We could
also rent a bigger house with a yard for a lot less money. I'm not sure
though how much there'd be for the boys to do. They weren't too happy
in Tokmok, and I fear it would be a little like that. It's about 30
minutes from work and the church building, but that ward has a lot more
teenagers. I also know I'd get out in the car a lot more there because,
while I don't much like driving in cities, even small ones, I love
driving in rural areas, and there is so much history in that part of the
country that I'd want to see.
There is, of
course, a suburban option, but that's not my style. The rent is cheaper
than downtown, yes, but it's completely unwalkable from what I can
find, and we'd have a hard time with just one car which is pretty much
unnegotiable, but you don't have to hear my reasons for that.
So, if you made it this far, what would you choose? Do you like rural areas, urban, what?