In June I completed 4 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan (as Visiting Professor of English at Arabaev University in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek). Then home to Washington State, to reside with my elder daughter in Tacoma until my new apartment in Seattle becomes available.
Except for August, which I spent visiting friends on the U.S. East Coast, I thought I’d be in Washington for awhile, putting finishing touches on my next book, SPACE AGE CHRONICLES — but weddings of two dear and long-lasting friends have persuaded me to return to Kyrgyzstan and India for the next two months. I left on the eighth of September and will return to the USA on the fifth of November.
The first wedding — that of my very best student during my Peace Corps service — will be in a small town in Kyrgyzstan. This is in keeping with a promise that she made me early in my PC time that she would take me to her home town (about five hours south of Bishkek) .
The second wedding will be that of a friend of many years in her home town of Orchha, India.
Very different weddings — one a Muslim wedding — the other Hindu.
I will be very pleased and deeply honoured to be a guest at both.
9 September 2017