Since I have arrived back in Bishkek I have had to solve a number of third world problems. To date this has included restoring electricity to my flat, recovering my lost luggage from London, and getting a new stove. On the last point I believe that the old stove, an Elektra 1001, dated back to the building's initial construction in 1985. It still had CCCP prominently stamped on it. At any rate it refused to come back on with the rest of the electrical appliances last week. I think I now have all of my third world problems, except for the broken window, fixed for the time being.