Travel Blogs from Kyrgyzstan

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Gamburgers on Ice, Twister in the Marshrutkas, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Gamburgers on Ice, Twister in the Marshrutkas

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Back in Bishkek, a Soviet-style modern capitol, I stayed in Nomad's Home Guesthouse, a bed and breakfast, for a week with Raisa and her family, along with a Carmen, Yuki, Yogi, and Motoko, fellow travelers. Every morning, we would gather for breakfast ...

Waiting for the Ketchup, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Waiting for the Ketchup

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Until I met Valentyn, I was wondering about Kyrgyzstan.  "Too cold, we don't go now." I heard all too often from guides and travel agencies. But this is your country!  And now was the best time to go see wildlife and enjoy the winter ...

Cowboys, Wolves, and Satan, The Celestial Mountains, Sarychat-Ertash Zapovednik, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Cowboys, Wolves, and Satan

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... Valley below a herd of Marco Polo Sheep, who escaped to the high rocky ridges. Vasilliy Nemchanko, the skiing champion of Kyrgyzstan and biologist, and I walked slowly behind them, watching the scene unfold. We were in the buffer zone of ...

Five Parts From Bishkek to Tashkent, Osh, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Five Parts From Bishkek to Tashkent

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... , beginning the Mughal Empire. Using the same logic as the Chinese (who claim anything they once set foot upon as theirs), Kyrgyzstan has plenty of reason to claim Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India as their own. Pilgrims and children were at the top, ...

Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan: Legend of a Cowboy, Kochkor-Ata, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan: Legend of a Cowboy

A travel blog entry by samber

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... it's the same thing every time and if we kept shelling out money whenever asked for it we'd cut a month off our travels. In Kyrgyzstan they have a thing called the CBT (Community Based Tourism) which is a programme some Swiss people helped set up. It ...

Poachers and the Camera Trap, The Celestial Mountains, Sarychat-Ertash Zapovednik, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Poachers and the Camera Trap

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Winter Survey of Sarychat-Ertash National Preserve: Poachers and the Camera Trap, part III of III Climbing high once again the next day, we found Snow Leopard tracks and scat, which Akeel called "Alexander's Vinaigrette." We collected the ...

The Experiment, The Celestial Mountains, Sarychat-Ertash Zapovednik, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

The Experiment

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... of here was the Marco Polo Sheep, occupying the Pamirs or high elevation pastures and rolling hills of Tajikistan and southern Kyrgyzstan, the fringes of Karakoram National Park in Pakistan, the Wahkan Corridor in Afghanistan, and the Pamirs of China's ...

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Tequila Dancing Friends, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Tequila Dancing Friends

A travel blog entry by samber

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... . Discovered a fast food burger joint called Begemot - not the nicest but we can't stop going back. Strolled past Kyrgyzstan's Government and President's offices at the White House. Had our photos ruined at Victory Square by some little punk street kid ...

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: It All Ends in Tears, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: It All Ends in Tears

A travel blog entry by samber

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... with brilliant location right on Chuy Ave. Run by a very nice and enthusiastic guy who is keen to bond and share his knowledge of Kyrgyzstan. The only problem is we're not that social when it comes to our lodgings. We tend to prefer to stay in our room ...

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Kyrgyzstan

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan: Get Me Out of Here, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan: Get Me Out of Here

A travel blog entry by samber

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In the hope of going snowboarding, to see an eagle hunter or game of buzkashi/ulak (polo where they use a sheep or goat's caracas in lieu of ball) we decided to leave Bishkek and spend a five days in the town of Karakol. The Lonely Planet describes it ...

Osh, Kyrgyzstan: Pizza California, Osh, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Osh, Kyrgyzstan: Pizza California

A travel blog entry by samber

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... with two puppies whilst Sam entertained the border officials by throwing snowballs at me. Getting out of Tajikistan and into Kyrgyzstan (entry point Bor Dobo) was painless. Mainly because we simply sat in the car whilst Ergash took our passports and ...

Wild Kyrgyzstan - Part 2, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Wild Kyrgyzstan - Part 2

A travel blog entry by grizzly

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... that 'Russian only' will win over friends and businesses. And there is no guarantee that the future generations of Kyrgyz will continue to learn Russian and be bi-lingual. Only time will tell how the future of Kyrgyzstan and its people will turn ...

Wild Kyrgyzstan - Part 1, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Wild Kyrgyzstan - Part 1

A travel blog entry by grizzly

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In China, the number of yearly registered cars is an indicator of improved living standards - almost everbody wants to have a car, even if it means to be stuck in traffic for hours (especially in BJ and Shanghai). In Kyrgystan, I would argue that the ...

Back to Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Back to Bishkek

A travel blog entry by gearoids

... departing we asked him did he know where to get a patch for Dan and on returning, while it was not a patch, he gave Dan a Kyrgyzstan flag pin and some cream for my ankle.  On  returning to our flat I was greeted by a family who were staying there. A ...

Champions League Final, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Champions League Final

A travel blog entry by laurencegarner

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A few of us left the group a day early and got a taxi back to Bishkek, some because of the cold nights but I wanted to watch the Champions League final. Still pleased I did return even after the result and the kick off being 12:45am local time. Strangely ...

Trekking the Tian Shan, Altyn Arashan, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Trekking the Tian Shan

A travel blog entry by gearoids

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We left Cholpon-Ata in the wee hours and pulled up into Karakol. We stopped here briefly for our lunch and to don our water proofs .  It was already pouring from the heavens. Not a good sign for our trek!  I headed to the tourist information ...

Arslanbob: lost in the walnut forest, Tamga, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Arslanbob: lost in the walnut forest

A travel blog entry by rootsandroutes

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... that Arslanbob was an ostensibly Uzbek affair. A leading branch of the rapidly expanding Community-Based Tourism (CBT) organisation in Kyrgyzstan, Arslanbob boasted a large number of homestays for travellers. The idea is a sound one, in which tourism is ...

Some local Kyrgyz music, Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Some local Kyrgyz music

A travel blog entry by laurencegarner

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A long drive along the southern shores of Lake Issyk-Kol where the views are more barren and roads winding than the north shore, we arrived at the nice little alpine town of Kochkor. There we were treated to some Kyrgyz folk music. A simple small three ...

Visas in Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Visas in Bishkek

A travel blog entry by michellendave

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August 16/17, 2014 - LISBON to BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan USSR Guesthouse $30, double w/shared bath $1=52 Som  Alphabet: Cyrillic, Бишкéк = Bishkek   From "Be My Guest" hostel, we got hot and sweaty lugging our bags for ...

Karakol, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Karakol

A travel blog entry by queenietord

Bright orange ...

Badass'stan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Badass'stan

A travel blog entry by caraghandben

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... ) was the Community Based Tourism (CBT) office. The organisation focuses on putting tourists in touch with a traditional Kyrgyzstan experience, and delivers an important additional income for local families; who offer homestays, horseriding and trekking ...

Not a nyet but not a da either, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Not a nyet but not a da either

A travel blog entry by petcul

I'm off to the Russian consulate at the crack of dawn and get there at 08.15 for the 09.00 opening. There is already a very large queue waiting. Fortunately a young Russian woman tells me to put my name on the list otherwise I'd be still there wondering ...

Karakol, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Karakol

A travel blog entry by david_irina

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Город Караколь - областной центр ...

Sary-Chelek, Sary-Chelek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Sary-Chelek

A travel blog entry by david_irina

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... , we took a car with a driver, and crossed the country from east to west. The CBT organization (Community Based Tourism) in Kyrgyzstan works very well: they have offices in many towns and villages. They helped us to prepare a plan of our trip, and booked ...

Horses and Lakes, Kochkorka, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Horses and Lakes

A travel blog entry by gcmozafer

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... is a dusty little town mostly used to organize trekking into the surrounding areas. Song-Kol Lake is one of the highlights of Kyrgyzstan. It's an alpine lake set in a plateau with mountains in the background. I spent two nights in a yurt and tried ...

není stan jako ...stán, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

není stan jako ...stán

A travel blog entry by fubar7500

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Brzo rano priletame do Biskeku. Jindrovi ale nedorazil bagl, takze rozvijime varianty jak neztratit cas, neposouvat odjezd a pritom dopravit pozdejc bagl pres hranice pomoci site taxikaru...kyr-cin hranice se ale po par dnech budou kvuli svatku ...

Kyrgyzstan (1), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Kyrgyzstan (1)

A travel blog entry by kareem

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... site. If you do not wish to receive these messages, please unsubscribe yourself or send me an email. Sublime. I'm back in Kyrgyzstan, its election season, and the mountains are glimmering in the summer sun. Could I ask for more? Once I decided ...

Anyone keen on a game of headless Goat polo?, Chong Kemin, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Anyone keen on a game of headless Goat polo?

A travel blog entry by laurencegarner

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So into my final 'stan and after a quick nights stop over in Bishkek we drove out east to another Natural Reserve and the most amazing location for a camping spot I have ever been.  Unfortunately it started to rain pretty hard as we arrived so a ...

Rural Kyrgyzstan, Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan travel blog

Rural Kyrgyzstan

A travel blog entry by gearoids

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We left Osh fairly early. The bus station was near to where we were staying and we grabbed some breakfast en route. It didn't take us long to realise that we'd first need to take a bus to Jalalabad then switch for Bazaar Korgon. The second bus was a ...

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