Our apartment is definitely feeling temporary. The wallpaper is sparkly. The curtains are shiny and lacy. The chandeliers – well, there are four pretty fancy light fixtures. It is nice and safe and luxurious, but feels hotel-y; we are ready to find something that feels a bit more like “home”.
When we moved to Bishkek we expected to live with Ryan’s brother in a house near our school, but the landlord didn’t want Roxie inside in case she scratched up the nice wood floors. So we moved to temporary housing and decided to stay there for a while to relax and ground down after so much moving, even though we’d been dreaming of a yard. The apartment is a little too expensive and a little too fancy for our tastes, but we live close to school and have gotten a chance to settle in and ground ourselves in Bishkek a bit until we find something more suited to us.
In the heat of the summer we were lazy and homebodies after all our travels, and then school has picked up, so now we’re itching to get to the mountains and hike before the snow comes. For now, though, we’ve been exploring our neighborhood and the surrounding area.
Our current building is new (we’re the first ones to live in our apartment). We are right next to Bishkek Humanities University, so we spend a lot of time in the grassy areas in front of the campus. As we walk further South the houses and apartments are fewer and further between, leaving room for open space as the foothills rise. On a clear day the walk is gorgeous as the mountains get closer and closer.
Here’s a walk around Bishkek with Roo (and hours of squirrel-hunting).