Archive for June 6, 2008

Pink Hued Sunsets in Almaty


Yesterday was a “vanilla” day compared to the night before when I captured these two pinkish sunsets from our southern balcony.  ALL “remaining” faculty and graduating students were to be at the graduation rehearsal at the big hall yesterday afternoon.  As faculty we merely watched how the 500 + graduates will shake hands, receive their diploma, get their stole, have two photos taken and then circle around the big auditorium to be seated again. 

Our time is valuable as teachers AND administrators so it was a skeletal crew who showed up for us to practice sitting off to the marginalized side of the hall.  We were also informed we are expected to show up on Sunday for the BIG ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and then process across the street from our university draped in our black robes at 10:00 a.m.  The actual gala affair starts at 11:00 a.m.  We were promised with all the speeches (Almaty’s mayor and maybe the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan) and watching ALL the graduates prance across the long stage, we would be “dismissed” around 2:00 p.m.  We have been warned to wear very few clothes under our black robes because it WILL be hot sitting for over three hours in one place.  Thinking these dismal thoughts it is important to reflect on why we are here teaching as we watched the waning pinks diminish to darkness from our expensive balcony seats of our flat in Almaty.

Leave a comment »