Return of the Guest-Bloggers: T&S Welcomes Erica (Amira) Merrell

After a too-long hiatus, T&S is happy to announce that our guest-blogging machinery is slowly creaking back to life…. And we’re especially happy to announce that the first of (what we hope to be) several guest-bloggers familiar to our readers is Erica Merrell–better known to almost all as “Amira,” the thoughtful writer behind The Golden Road to Samarqand and the ringleader of the group blog Conversation. Erica currently lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, about as far away from a Mormon community of any size as you can possibly get; her husband is teaching law on a Fulbright there, and her adventures make for delightful reading (try this one, and this one), and sometimes heartbreaking reading too (see here and here). She has degrees in international reations, Near Eastern studies and Arabic, loves to read and learn about “anything international” and watch geysers erupt. Erica will be sharing her thoughts with us for the next couple weeks. Erica, welcome aboard!

11 comments for “Return of the Guest-Bloggers: T&S Welcomes Erica (Amira) Merrell

  1. Melissa Proctor
    November 17, 2005 at 4:55 pm

    Welcome Erica! We’re so glad you’ve agreed to guest at T&S for awhile. I’m looking forward to your posts.

  2. November 17, 2005 at 5:13 pm

    Erica, given how much we’ve enjoyed your responses here and the intelligence, compassion, and wit of your posts other places, I’m looking forward to your “visit” with us. Thanks.

  3. November 17, 2005 at 5:54 pm


    Although I thought Amira was your real first name.

  4. Frank McIntyre
    November 17, 2005 at 6:06 pm


  5. November 17, 2005 at 6:08 pm

    Cool! I’m surprised she hasn’t been doing this earlier.

  6. Erica Merrell
    November 17, 2005 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks! What a nice welcome to wake up to. I am looking foward to this.

  7. Karen
    November 18, 2005 at 11:19 am

    Hooray, I’m anxiously looking forward to reading your posts. I’m already a big Amira fan!

  8. annegb
    November 18, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    Yup, me, too. I had no idea you were so educated. I thought you were just an ordinary girl in a foreign country. :)

  9. Tatiana
    November 18, 2005 at 1:25 pm

    I thought your name was Amira, too! One of my best friends is named Amira and for a moment when I first saw your comments I thought you were her. :-)

  10. Tatiana
    November 18, 2005 at 1:26 pm

    uhhh… she. (blushes)

  11. Erica Merrell
    November 18, 2005 at 9:57 pm

    annegb, I’m not quite as educated as it sounds. I actually just have a BA in international relations and NES with a minor in Arabic. And since I don’t know if we’ll ever live near a school that offers anything like Central Asian politics, I’m probably out of luck for a masters degree.

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