I was asked the other night yet again why I have come to Kyrgyzstan. I stumbled through an answer. And then yesterday I watched a TED talk by Wade Davis, whose credentials call him an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. In his talk about the importance of a vast variety of cultures around the world Davis said: “All these people show us there are other ways of being, other ways of thinking, other ways of orienting yourself on the earth, and this is an idea, if you think about it, that can only fill you with hope.”

That is why I’ve come to Kyrgyzstan: To be filled with hope.

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