‘Is everything OK? …’

December 24th, 2015 Sections: ianbek
Is everything OK?

Is everything OK?

It’s been over six months since I last posted a postcard … and some people have been kind enough to ask if everything is OK.

There have been a number of other posts, but these were prepared lists of anniversaries which had been ‘scheduled’ posts rather than postcards containing ‘observations of an expat’ about life and experiences in Kyrgyzstan or my weekly review of the news from this corner of Central Asia.

The last time I took an extended ‘break’ was a year ago when I had an operation and the doctors insisted that I had to take some time recuperating … and so several people got in touch expressing concern about my health … but, I am pleased to report, I am fine.

Perhaps it didn’t help that the last post was about the death of one of my cats and at least one person thought that I had taken it very badly … and hence the ‘silence’ … but, although I was obviously very sad about the loss, I appreciate that death is an inevitable part of life that we have to come to terms with.

There were other inquiries … for example: was I still in Bishkek? or had I packed my bags and left? … and so on … and the answer to those were also negative.  I am still here in Kyrgyzstan, alive an well … and keeping busy.  

The explanation for my absence from the world wide web is much more mundane … although I had been working on a number of draft postcards, none of them were ready for posting and because I happened to be especially busy that particular weekend I never got round to finishing them off ready for posting … and having broken the cycle of work, it proved to be hard to get back ‘into the saddle’ and restart.  Indeed, life has continued apace … one thing I can say with confidence is that it is never boring here in Kyrgyzstan … but that has also meant that things have kept cropping up that took up my time and distracted me from the regular task of sitting at the computer and composing a postcard.

One of the reasons for the change in my usual routine has been that we have closed the company’s Head Office on Kievskaya Street … and moved into the hotel.  Now, I used to think it was so convenient having my apartment and my office in the same building … but that also meant that there was a temptation to go ‘downstairs’ almost as soon as I got up and then lingering just ‘a little bit longer’ to finish one task or another as the evening progressed.  As a result, I found myself spending most of my ‘free’ time sitting in the office, tied (metaphorically speaking, that is) to my computer. One of the positive results of the move, is that there is now both a definite beginning and end to the working day – even if it is a long day, (starting earlier and finishing later than for most people), and involves a ten minute walk between home and the office … whatever the weather.

During the last six months, however, I have received several reminders that I really ought get back to writing postcards.  Apart from a number pf people who have asked me if everything is OK, there have been a few suggestions that I should rework the postcards and have them printed as a book.  Although I am flattered by the suggestion, I think it would be better for someone else to work through the material as they would see it all with a ‘fresh eye’ whereas I still have some residual ’emotional’ commitment to what I have already typed … resulting in a reluctance to ‘yield the knife’ and cut wherever it is needed.

One the other hand, someone else has suggested revamping the website, grouping postcards together in order to make it easier to find posts on particular themes … and I might just get around to doing something about that.

One of my new acquaintances, a consultant, appears to have read a lot of my previous postcards … and seemed to know them better than I did, citing from several and causing me to rack my brains on several occasions to remember when, exactly, I had said this or that.  Also, some tourists also told me how they had scanned through the site, gathering ideas of what to see and do during their visit to Kyrgyzstan.


Whilst, for the last six months, I may not have ‘put pen to paper’, (or should I say ‘fingers to keyboard’), to produce new postcards … during that time I have found a number of ideas for new posts … and I hope that in the fullness of time, in the near future, they’ll be more than just ideas and thoughts and be in a suitable form for  me to post here … although I won’t promise that I will be able to continue posting every day as I once did.






There are 3 comments. to “‘Is everything OK? …’”

  1. Guest
    December 24th, 2015 at 17:26

    Good to have you back at the keyboard.

  2. Guest
    December 24th, 2015 at 17:26

    Great to see you posting again, I always appreciate reading your view into the country and culture

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