Thursday, September 8, 2011


This is my new word.
It describes how I am feeling here in Atyrau. And it makes me happy.

When we first arrived and through most of the year until we left in June, I felt unsettled here. There were good days and there were bad usual in any place really. For me though, it felt unsettling. I felt like there wasn't anything that interested me here...or was it that I was looking for too much outside of myself, and not enough inside of me.

This year (and yes, my "years" right now run on school years-August-August), I feel different.
Atyrau is a good place for me to be right now, to find me, to define me, to find what is interesting to me. There is a lot of time to do all this discovering here!

So, what is it I have been up to?
Well, I have been trying to enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather we are having right now.

I'm trying to spend a lot of time outdoors...either biking, walking Bella, or just sitting in our beautiful back patio.

The flowers have been blooming beautifully for us. Check out these sunflowers?!
They are massive!

They make me smile every morning.

I have been catching up where I left off last year with my Italian lessons. Yes, Italian lessons in Kazakhstan. I could learn Russian or Kazakh, and maybe it would be beneficial while I live here, but I get by. The locals and I have a great hand language going on, as well as a few words in each of our respective languages. So, I get by.
And I learn my favorite language that I have been wanting to learn for years, Italian.
My husband calls me the Italian Princess....well, I was actually the Italian Junior Honoree from the Italian Heritage Society of Pittsburgh, a few years back, when I was 17.
I have a scroll with my name on it to prove it, hahaha!
I have been learning it through the widely used computer programs found today.
Va bene..

I have started to learn more about how to use my camera, and what all those knobs and buttons mean. Usually I was randomly turning and pressing them, and now, I'm actually learning why I did that, and which way I might want to try next time!
It is still a long work in progress, but fun to try.
So, that's what's been happening in my world in Atyrau. I'm really enjoying life right now.
It feels good to be comfortable!


mythopolis said...

Good to know you are feeling good! And now I can say, I have a friend who is an Italian princess!!

I have already cut down my giant sunfowers. I save the dried heads to set out in the winter...the birds love it.

Great to hear from you again...have a wonderful autumn..and winter too!!

FancyHorse said...

I'm so glad you're feeling happier and more settled there!

Love your sunflower! One of my favorite flowers!

I enjoy all your photos. Are you on Flickr?

Betty said...

It´s good to feel comfortable. I love the pictures. I can tell you are learning to use your camera.

Arnab Majumdar said...

Atyrau sounds like a fun place... I think I would have to add it to my list of must-visit-places-before-I-die! Getting to a new place is always exciting, and although I've never been out of my country, I hope to change that in future. Till now, though... there's always so much to explore in India itself!

Hope to hear more from you about the interesting new place...

Arnab Majumdar on

Gabriela said...

Hey there!

I'm so glad you're feeling content. :) That is a wonderful feeling-especially living that lifestyle.

Miss you!

Fabiola said...

I am so happy to hear you are getting confortable with your new life. I know it can be hard.
BTW your pics are getting better by the day ; )

Anonymous said...

Very nice word, indeed... Comfortable, like a weekend with nice weather, in company of those you love. Yeah; I can do comfortable, BG.

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