I've been back on US soil for three days now, have taken more than a few naps in that time, and am finally feeling human again. We took full advantage of our stop in Amsterdam on the way home and packed as many museums, walks, canal rides, and the like into 2 days as we could, but we were all ready to get home.
In all, the trip to Kyrgyzstan was an eye opener and very rewarding. The country has both many gifts and weaknesses. It is a third world place that could easily move up in development if it weren't for the corruption present in the government and the money that lines pockets instead of helps people. The place itself is a beautiful landscape, and here's just a few pictures to display that. The real strength of the country, I felt, was the the graciousness and generosity of the poor people in the country. Those that had the least seemed most willing to open their homes, befriend you, and share their culture with you than those who lived comfortably.
Check out the photo gallery for some pictures taken while we were there, and thanks for keeping us all in your thoughts while we were gone!