The fountains in Ala-Too Square were turned on today. The rains abated, the dandelions seemed to sprout overnight in the parks, and spring in its greenly gloriousness parked its juicy hopeful blue skies and yes in the middle of this city. Lilac bushes have opened their purple faces and jazzed the air. You can smell the luscious relief that winter has passed and once again life blooms and spills and oozes and ripens all around us. All around us.