In addition to the required “Hello,” Central Asian men shake hands the first time they see each other in the day. When man enters a room, he goes around and shakes hands with each man present. The strength of the Central Asian handshake differs from the traditional “firm” American handshake. Men may grasp your hand lightly rather than giving it a firm squeeze. This is … Continue reading Shaking hands Central Asian style
Hospitality is assumed in Central Asia and being a guest is a big part of what it means to live in Kazakhstan. If you are planning to visit this part of the world, here are a few tips to get you started. 1. Guests always bring a small gift for the host. For normal occasions, a nice box of chocolates usually suffices. 2. Traditionally, … Continue reading On being a guest in Central Asia
After working in Kazakhstan for over five years, I’ve found that greeting someone the first time you see them in the day is important. People can get offended if you fail to acknowledge them when you first enter the room or when you first encounter them at work. This can get tricky in an office where people come in at different times of day–it’s easy … Continue reading Did we say “Hi” yet?
It’s official. We’re in Kiev. We had to leave Kazakhstan for a few days to get visas for another year, and I have to admit I was really looking forward to a change of pace and scenery. Traveling here was amazingly easy. Time difference? 3 hours. Flight time? 5 hours. Cake, I tell you, cake. At least compared with what it takes to get … Continue reading Getting a kick out of Kiev, er, Kyiv
As we’ve been reading the story of Elijah and the prophets of Ba’al to our boys, I wanted to find a Scripture that really sums of the heart of the story. This is the one I found. In today’s culture, it is seen as narrow-minded and downright offensive. What makes you think that your God is true God and someone else’s isn’t? What I hear … Continue reading “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.”