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What I Learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Former Soviet Union by Joyce Elferdink


The Kazakh woman was walking sideways, trying to use the overhang of the dilapidated shop roofs as protection from the downpour. She caught my eye and waved. This lady had an inviting smile, and her hair with its henna color—the exclusive hair dye used by local women—was neatly combed. She looked just a few years older than me, which would put her in her early fifties. I could see loaves of unwrapped bread sticking out of her shopping bag. I took the bread as a sign that I wouldn’t go without the basics if she was to be my host family.  But  would that extend to hot water and toilet paper? (Both had been scarce during my first six weeks in Almaty.


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