In approximately 36 hours I'll be stepping on the first of four long (looonnnnnngggggggg) flights that should lead me and a gaggle of other fledgling physical therapy students to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (That's Keer-gee-stan to all of you not used to such a lack of vowels). I'm not all that sure how often I'll be around internet access, but figured this was the easiest way to keep in touch with everyone while over there, and, it was pretty much my turn to copy the travelerspoint trend.
So as an introduction, here are a few things I'm looking forward to being able to do while in K-country: sitting in a yurt, sampling kumis (fermented mare's milk...okay not all that excited about this one but it is a part of the culture), riding rutted roads in a microbus (apparently European for minivan), working with individuals with spinal cord injuries to try and help increase their independence, seeing if the huge salt water lake Issyk Kul will really make me float, spending time at the center for children and teenagers with disabilities to teach physical therapy, having my world rocked by the cultural experience of a third world country, and having a 3 day layover in Amsterdam on the way home.
I can gurantee that many of those things will turn into an adventure that can only occur when you're trying to travel with a big group of people with fairly strong personalities (who me? no), so stay tuned...