Here it is:
Just another Swiss paradise (yawn).
An even more daring departure, one that he felt sure would be referred to as “revolutionary” in book reviews, was this: Learn Thai With Me was to be a work of art. The reader would begin it merely to learn the language, and throughout the preliminary chapters, of course, would do little more than that. But with the accumulation of vocabulary and grammar, the language would become lost in the art. Dick and Jane would give way to real characters. The reader might be touched by certain passages. People might read far into the night and turn up late for work the next day with the excuse, “Sorry about this, guys. I studied Thai until three this morning.”
Early in its history, it was a popular stop on the Silk Road because it had a spring, hence its name [meaning, roughly, "stone spring"]. Founded as a fort called Tashauz in the early 19th century by the Russians, the name was changed to the Turkmen form Dashkhovuz in 1992 after independence, and to Daşoguz by order of President Niyazov in 1999; the modern city is a Soviet-designed city with many monuments and museums acting as a local administrative and cultural center and rail junction.They aren't kidding about that "Soviet-designed" business: