a flash of sun so sudden, blinding I jerked back from the small curved window so my friend in the seat beside me said, what, what?
The sun's awake, I said.
After a full day of arrival whose remarkable things included:
- The most packed and badly-driven roads I've experienced so far in my life
- Hot, enveloping fullness of Kyrgyz summer (even on its way out) after all the English rain last week
- An airport where our plane was the only arrival so far
- Harry, the beautifully statuesque and nearly translucent hairless cat climbing me like a tree to say hello
--the day came to an end just as well as it began. After a wonderful dinner ouside in the evening air, with mint lemonade, skewers of chicken and beef, deep fried bread and aubergine salads, my newly made friend said, Look at the sky. Sunset in the clouds, a pale blue with indigo spreading its ink, a hint of tangerine fading to black. A warm breeze in the cooling evening, a fitting end to my first day in the furthest east I've ever been.