Family Journal: December 23, 2022

It is nice to be on our Winter Break because it gives me time to do things I usually don’t have much time for. Thursday we were caught in traffic due to the departure of the Kazakh president. Police cleared the route from his accommodations to the airport which effectively cut off half of the downtown. We are grocery shopping and we were unfortunately on the wrong side of Nukus Street. We decided to wait out the delay in Bon cafe instead of sitting in the car. They make great coffee, hot chocolate, desserts, and sandwiches. The decor makes you feel like you are in a sophisticated city. I enjoy taking time out to connect with Nadia in a cafe and we are doing this more now that our children are older teenagers. I developed a taste for jasmine tea and there is nothing better to warm me up on a cold day.

We stopped at the Chorsu Bazaar, the largest market in the city. It is always a photographer’s delight to see all of the interesting characters and products for sale. I wanted to buy a rooster but decided not to. A dog is enough to care for…

It was also nice to hold a couple of open gymnasiums for the basketball team. It gives me a chance to develop individual players and my oldest son Owen helped out. It was great to “coach” him again!

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