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... dollars at the airport exchange office, and we got our boarding passes.
Now I'm at the terminal, using the free WiFi at the airport to get in one last blog update from Kyrgyzstan before we leave.
Overall, I've really enjoyed my week in Kyrgyzstan. This country is such a unique mix of Soviet and traditional, of east and west, of old and new. It's got beautiful mountain scenery, ...
The tour has finally started and we have learned how to load up the truck's backlocker efficiently.
Xara drove us a couple of hours southwards out of town. On board with us were Tanja and Stephan, the German couple from Berlin. In Berlin, they actually just live 3 subway stations away from me. How great! Their missing luggage indeed arrived in the morning so that they could join as planned. Janell is still not ...
... much more than 8 people (that is what my travel agency has told me).
Well actually, we are 22 passengers and 2 Dragoman staff and 1 local guide for Kyrgystan (named Elmira).
The group of tourists has the following Europe-dominant composition: UK (8) , Belgium (3), France (1), Switzerland (1), Germany (3), Australia (5), Canada (1).
Dragoman by the way, is a UK-based company. So no wonder!
After the official part, I have hooked up with Mike ...
... br> In Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz is the native tongue, but it is sort of superseded by Russian at least in the city. Kyrgyz is a Turk language and sounds very much like Turkish. Luckily at some point I did take a Turkish class for one semester which comes in handy now.
After walking the city for about six hrs, I am now resting my feet while my fingers work on the blog even though I am tired and should sleep. But soon I won't have internet access anymore...
... country, having been part of the USSR until lately, many monuments date from that period and are a testimony of the grandeur andthe dogmas of the Party as they were meant to be. On the other hand, the statue of Lenin now makes place to that of Manas, a mythical local hero. I visited the Historical Museum which recalls the USSR and with bronzes that want to picture how the Bolchevic Revolution was a plus for the Kyrgyz people.
Kyrgyzstan, who ...