I've been here in Акдемгородок for a about a week now and things are good. I've been walking the ~40 minute walk to work each day with a college and I really enjoy that introduction to my day - well at lest the first 30 minutes of it or so :) Great exercise, fresh air, great to be outside for as a part of a daily routine.
It reminds me of Putin's remarks to Michael Dell a few months ago when Michael Dell was asking how US companies can do to help Russia with their internet connectivity. Putin snapped back explaning that Russian's can do it themselves and didn't need any help. At the time I understood Putin's position (still do in a way) and respected him for his pride and command of respect. Now I'm thinking he should suck it up for his people (and me) and get some help in here!