July 9th, 2014

deal with it

In which I draw inferences and extrapolate with minimal evidence LIKE A BOSS!

I'm still learning countries, capitals and flags of the world, by the way. About a month ago I learned the Stans - Pakistan (Islamabad), Afghanistan (Kabul), Kazakhstan (Astana), Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Tajikistan (Dushanbe), Turkmenistan (Ashgabat). I think that's all of them. They were quite hard to memorise because a lot of the capitals have a 'sh' sound in them, and remembering which was which required some mental gymnastics:

Turkmenistan - starts with A, like the Akhal-Teke horses that come from there.
Kazakhstan - Astana sounds sort of like Kazakhstan and has 'stan' in it.
Kyrgyzstan - has a bit that sounds like 'curds', and the capital sounds sort of like 'biscuit'. Food goes with food. (what?!?)
Uzbekistan - Tashkent sounds a bit like tent, and in my head everyone in Uzbekistan lives in tents.
Tajikistan - has a nice rhythm if you say them together. Try it - Tajikistan Dushanbe, Tajikistan Dushanbe.. see?

etc.

Anyway, I noticed something funny about the Stans as I was learning them.

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No news yet on the blood test front. I am seeing this as a good sign. But just for entertainment purposes, I've now broken out in a weird, non-itchy rash that looks like mini-ringworm on the outsides of both my thighs. I suspect this is either psychosomatic, or caused by the voltaren. I'll mention it to the doctor cos you're supposed to, but the timing is very suspect.

Bodies are weird.