Berk Guest House
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My Qazaq friends had warned me that going to Astana to Bishkek is the equivalent of going from San Diego to Tijuana. I have never been to those places, but I can see why they said that. Economically, Qazaqstan is booming as fast as Kyrgyzstan is free-falling with no end in sight. Going from Qazaqstan’s high cost of living to Kyrgyzstan’s drastically cheaper cost of living was great. But going from one of the ...
... saddest thing that they did was to plaster over the beautiful, fine, gold mosaics that covered the walls and ceilings of the upper level. There are several left. I’m not sure whether they have been restored or whether there were a few that were left alone. There is some Greek writing around the mosaics and there were a couple of Greek Orthodox priests there taking each other’s photos in front of each mosaic. When they arrived at the last one, one of ...
... sanctuary until the dog lost interest. I frantically exclaimed to the waiters, “May I please sit here this dog won’t leave me alone.” They smiled, nodded, and chuckled awkwardly in that way that shows they absolutely had no clue what I just said. People stared, no one helped. **** dog. I found a closed restaurant with a few stacked chairs outside by a look-out, and decided to brave it, sit, and dine on my now cold mussels. The dog sat there. Persistent ...
... Woman (Julia) approached me and began a conversation. She then invited me to her shop. My first Carpet and Jewelry place. I listen to her brother-in-law talk about the many types of carpets, drinking Hot Apple Tea. This would be the first of many carpet sellers that would approach me throughout my stay. You need to know that these men and young boys are almost relentless in their wanting you to come and see their carpets. You will have to decide how you want to handle ...
... make it an easy city to spend a week in. The weather is cool. You seepeople working to make their living in the streets selling just one item (shoe shiners, umbrella ,tissue,perfume,single books sellers,they cannot make enough to be viable or live on) They work very long hours usually a minimum of twelve hours six days a week some everyday.No trade unions in Turkey.
Our time in Turkey has gone quickly but when we look back we ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Kids activities or Babysitting