Still Lepyoska, snowy mountains and yurts!
Trip Start Feb 05, 2009
29Trip End Dec 16, 2010
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Just a short note to tell you are alive and well, no time to add photos this time, but I will add them later, most likely somewhere in China!
Lots can happen in a week, and so it has for us!
Walking and driving around in another country is the most important one...Crossing the Uzbec border was easy peasy, Kyrgyzstan our next destination. But...we did not have to say goodbye to the Lepyoska yet, they sell them in this country as well! I am a bread monster (as Mira calls me), must have something to do with the bakery I grew up in, but even I am getting fed up with this bread now...
The first places we drove through reminded me lots of Uzbekistan, but with the difference that the people here are more distant and less curious or too polite. Only after crossing our first 2 mountain crossings (3165 and 3500m) I find myself in a really different country with their semi-nomadic way of life. Living in Yurts in the summer and in a village house in the winter...We are here late in the season, but there are still some yurts scattered around the plains and mountains...Snow-capped mountains and lots of water everywhere. The country is made up of 93% mountain area!
While waiting for the Chinese visa, which we arranged in Bishkek, we wanted to escape from city life. Together with a Spanish couple (Maria and Emilio) we drive to Kochkor and Song-Kul lake for some horse riding and sleeping in a yurt! It has been over 3 years since I have been in one in Mongolia. The principle is the same, the construction slightly different.
Now back in Bishkek where we collected our last visa (China), so tomorrow morning we are off to Isik-Kol lake (the second highest natural lake in the world, Lake Titicaca being the highest one). In convoy as 2 dutch guys are joining us with their van!
Slowly on our way to China...exchanging Privjet for Ni How!
The van is doing great: Frits took the mountain passes brilliantly and even started in one go on 4000m with -4 degrees celcius on the thermo! The biggest test is yet to come, but this makes me less worried and convinced that we will make it WITH van to India!