Representative of the UN Women Country Office in the Kyrgyz Republic Gerald Gunther is from
In May 2012, Gerald Gunther became program manager at UN Women Peace and Security. And in the last two years he has been the official representative of the office in the
We asked Gerald some questions.
— What surprised you the most in
— When I first arrived, I was working and living in Bishkek. It was in 1996 and it was very exciting because the country had recently become independent. It was a closed area before and it was difficult for people like me from
— What in
— I do not know… There are also mountains in
— Gerald, what do you miss in our country?
— I lived in many countries, as I sad, so I try not to miss many things, but the one thing I think I can miss is may be dark bread and good sausages. But you have a good potential there I think.
-What is your favorite place in
- I have a number of favorite places. In Batken, which I like a lot, my favorite place is
I like Chatkal for example, I like the remote areas, where few people go, where you can experience nature, and you can drink kymyz, ride horses and all the things the real Kyrgyz do.
— What in national cuisine do you like? What dish did you try first and what are you afraid even to taste?
— I eat Kyrgyz food almost every day. I like gyuro lagman, oromo, I like shashlyk and all kinds of foods you get. But I do not like too much oil and the fat in the food. The plov tastes very nice to me if there is so not so much oil in it. You have a lot of vegetables and fruits so you can live and eat very healthy in
I do not remember exactly what I tasted first finding myself in Bishkek… Something from Russian cuisine, it seems, okroshka.
-What has fascinated and disappointed you in close acquaintance with the local population?
— There is a lot of energy amongst some young people but sadly it is only among a small number of people. I think people do not think carefully about their future as they grow up, end school and graduate from school or university. I think people need to have more ambitions, more dreams and need to make use of all the opportunities that exist here. And they need to learn foreign languages, especially English or Chinese in order to compete in the future. Unless they properly educated, unless they have ambitions, than the future of the country will not be prosperous.
— What would you change in
- I occasionally travel from