Temporary Post from New York

Hello Readers,

Greetings from New York! Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Between visiting friends and family and getting over jetlag, I had little opportunity to post. But in the past few days, I realized that many readers had started worrying that I got kidnapped or something in Mongolia. Well, friends, I am happy to announce that I made it safely to Beijing on November 6 and eventually back to the US.

I will provide a more detailed update soon. In the meantime, thank you for all your kind and encouraging words. I cannot express how much they have meant to me. Perhaps it is not possible to express┬áthese emotions in words, because it is something so universal and deep, something that transcends language, something to do with love. Though I had little space on the blog to write about it, you–my friends, family, and strangers I met along the way–have inspired me more than anything else in this world.

Last week, the brother I met in Uzbekistan, Ulugbek, arrived in New York to start a new life. I suppose after 8 months of traveling, I came back to America to start a new life too.



7 Thoughts on “Temporary Post from New York

  1. Minwah, that is wonderful! Hooray for new beginnings :)

  2. You have inspired me tremendously. I’m so proud of you. And so glad we met so I could follow your trip. What I wonder…. 6 months from now will you start to want to do it again somewhere else.

  3. Oh, I’m really excited to see you soon, MinWah!

  4. Jason Katz-Brown on December 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm said:


    Ulugbek! yay!

  5. Kendan on January 20, 2014 at 4:00 am said:

    I saw you at the CMCNY party. That was an amazing journey! How do you communicate with the people from other country?

    • minimousetrap on January 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm said:

      Hi Kendan!

      I learned some Russian along the way as well as some of the local languages. Most of the local languages throughout the trip (Turkish, Azeri, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz) were once the same language so the basic words in each were quite similar. I carried Russian and Central Asian language phrasebooks with me. But you’ll also be surprised how much you can communicate through gesturing. Eating and drinking gestures are the most universal and can be easily understood.

      Hope that helps!

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