Trip Start May 21, 2005
11Trip End Jul 2005
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first working week is over. Actually I would say I only worked about half of the time, but slowly I get used to that. So today I went on a small trip to Isfara, that is on the border to Kirgistan in the North East of the Fergana Valley. Going there we took a taxi (about 5 Euro for 2 hours drive). It was very interesting to escape the city and get a view of the landescape, which mostly consists of desert or half desert. We passed the Karrakum Resevoir, a huge man made lake in the valley. Spectacular mountains, some snow covered although temperatures in the valley are already hitting the 35 degrees. Isfara itself is quite unspectacular. we visited some traditional teahouse with exceptional wood carvings, a recreations area (in tajik standards) and the market...On the way back we took a minibus (Africas, these are much more comfortable than in Nigeria and no preaches..
Work...though thing. Translation and interpretation are two different things. I don't really know, but the organization of IAESTE here is sometimes really bad. Not only that nobody, not even the rats, in my company speaks English, these IAESTE people here are not able to organize a working translater, meaning a student that translates from tajik to english for me. That makes my work, which is not so much anyways, quite hard sometimes and really limits what I can do in that company. But what I discovered is that engineering is somewhat international, at least my supervisor and I were able to have a 30 minutes discussion about the funcition of some controlling device with my limited Russian and his limited English and no dictionary...
One funny (or disgusting story about tajik working habits):
Working in a beverage company has one advantage, guess what, free soda. So besides green apple and cream soda, they also produce cola, orange and cherry soda. So if i want some I just go to the filling station and take a bottle. But don't dare to take a cap for the bottle, too expensive and return the bottle afterwards...i do... guess what. The lady at the filling station takes the bottle, fills it, next lady puts on the bottle cap, it is fastened and it goes to the shop...found the missing step?
Yes, maybe they should clean it before? Why, nobody knows anyways...
So, I try to upload some pictures...Take care and enjoy the summer...