It has been raining often, which makes everything clean, cool, and most importantly, green. Bishkek is a kaleidoscope of chlorophyl, from brilliantly glowing translucence to thick, dark overgrown leaves. We've been out in the parks, sharing our chalk, our frisbees, our badminton, and our books.
Misha spends many weekends running around our neighborhood area with his friend Vladik. Sometimes they both ride their bikes, and sometimes they just use one. They run from our house to his house, collecting coins to buy little snacks, and head back outside again.
Last weekend we took a nice walk with my friend Anara and her son Alihan. The three boys ran happily through Erkindik Park, one of my favorites.
Misha helps out his brother when he gets tired.
Alihan and Misha play with insects, sticks, and other treasures.
We stopped at a Turkish cafe for a quick tasty lunch, and then walked down to the avtomoika (car wash) that they are in the process of building and getting ready to open soon. The boys loved grabbing some tools and imagining that they were building it themselves.
Earlier this month, I met up with my Russian teacher Svieta. We took our little boys to the Panfilov amusement park and basked in the sunshine. We were lucky enough to catch the changing of the guard in the center square, which happens every hour on the hour. It's something that's always fun to watch.
Bekjan and Sebby get to know each other.
Together with my Russian teacher and friend Svieta. She has taught me so much about Kyrgyzstan's cultures and traditions, as well as the works of Chekhov, Pushkin, and Chingiz Aitmatov.
Sebby's new bug friend.
A real peacock sits in the park, available for photographs.