Volunteer: Sarah Hendel
Contributions from Sarah Hendel
This is one of my favorite photos. I snapped it while walking home after class with some of my advance students. These girls became my friends, teaching me about the lives of young women in Turkmenistan. During a recent phone call with my host family I found out that one of these girls just got married. On the one hand I'm a little sad: just 19 years old, she's been trying to pass the university entrance exams for several years, and by getting married it seems she's probably given up; on the ...
Although they don't have much in the way of traffic now, the capital city is well prepared with wide roads and street lamps for when that day finally comes. Flying into the city at night, the colorful array of lights is quite impressive.
Turkmen weddings, or Toys, are not to be missed. Seriously. Even my COS date was commented upon not because I was leaving (perhaps never to return) but because it meant I would miss my cousin's wedding. They are the social event of the week, although even in some small villages, you may have 2 or 3 other Toys to attend that same week... Preparations for Toys are often more intensive than the Toys themselves, and everyone gets involved. This collection of videos is from a small village out...