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Long days…

The past two days have been gruelingly, long days…

Monday, I got up early to travel by bus to Astana to go car shopping with my supervisor. We looked at some Hyundais and Skodas. James Kim and I then drove back to Karaganda, arriving at 6:30 p.m.

Then I met with one couple returning to Ukraine and had dinner with them.  Their train left Karaganda on Tuesday 4:30 a.m. so they spent the night at my apartment since it is a 15 minute walk from here to the train station.  They woke me up at 3:40 a.m. to let them out and then I had a hard time going back to sleep.  I finally got up at 7…

I ate breakfast and then got ready.  I went by the Skoda car dealer here to look and then went for a test drive.  Afterwards, I met a friend who knows some English.  He helped me fill out some paperwork that I need to get a tax document here that I need when paying for things at the bank and to buy a car.

After some trouble understanding what they were looking for, we went to the tax office and a really nice lady helped us understand how to fill out the form.  After getting it all together, she processed it and told me the document would be ready on Thursday afternoon.  This will be a miracle as it took another American some time to get his tax document!

Then I drove to Temirtau and had a very late lunch (5 p.m.) with some friends and then drove back to Karaganda in order to play basketball.

It is now almost 11 p.m. here and it is WAY past my bedtime as I am tired.  My friends only have a few days left in Kstan.  Pray for them to finish strong!

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