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Kyrgyzstan is a land-locked country in Central Asia. It shares borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China. (Admit it, America … you didn’t know Kazakhstan was a REAL country, did you? You just thought it was someplace Sacha Cohen made up for his Borat movie, huh? Don’t feel bad. Prior to my joining the military, I hadn’t heard of any of these ‘stans either.)
I left Bagram a couple of days ago, on the journey to come home. Manas Air Base is a transit center for NATO troops going in and out of Afghanistan (and other places.) Folks come here to sleep for the night, get tickets for the next leg of their journey, or, in my case, turn in all of their military field gear in preparation to return home. I was scheduled to rest here for one night before flying to the United States, but a snowstorm is mucking up the works.
Luckily, Manas is primarily an Air Force-run installation … This means that the quality of services around the base is enough to make the place bearable. There’s free Wi-Fi everywhere, decent bunk beds, and a nice chow hall that’s open all hours. (Had this been an Army installation, well, you already know the story.) And, if I was to be stuck anywhere, then anywhere is better if it’s closer to me going home!