Tuesday, April 19, 2011

where is Turkmenistan?

Well, I would recommend that people check on a map. However, the title question is actually the more typical reaction that I get from people when I mention that I will be working there next. I received very similar reactions about Congo and Gabon as well. I cannot say I am surprised by this, but I am rather amused. Work, with it's very international taste and having met people from all over the world, has given me at least a semi-decent sense of where countries can be found on a map. Frankly, it's not very important for most people to know where Gabon or Turkmenistan are and without a compelling reason to look them up, the events in those countries are not especially relevant to most Americans on a day-to-day basis.

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