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Aug 21, 2017 - Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek to Lake Issyk-kul

We have now been joined by the rest of the university group for the start of the official lecture and study tour to pick up the Eastern end of the Silk Road towards Western China. Initially we follow arid mountain ranges on both sides of the valley east of Bishkek heading towards what was once one of the most dangerous parts of the Silk Road known as Ambush Gorge where merchants who once travelled this northern route skirting the large Taklimakan desert were prey to bandits. The name is still justified today as every bend in the road seems...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Kyrgyzstan

Immediately after crossing the border, the terrain changed from Uzbek's primarily desert scrubland to Kyrgyzstan's lofty mountains. What a dramatic difference to go from hot, sunny days slathered in sun-screen to a cool, rainy climate complete with snow on the mountains. The culture also transitioned from a more "Middle Eastern" and Muslim feel to a nomadic people, still finding their way following independence from Russia. As a result of very little development, a lot of our time in Kyrgyzstan was spent driving through glorious mountainous...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Kyrgyzstan - Landscapes

Salam - Kyrgyzstan - the nation of the Kyrgyz, the forty tribes. Here are a few landscape photos from Kyrgyzstan. The transition from Soviet Socialist Republic to independence has had its challenges. Lacking the mineral resources of its larger neighbors Kyrgyzstan is working at becoming an eco-tourism destination. With its magnificent scenery and friendly, post-nomadic peoples Kyrgyzstan was a pleasant surprise for me. I never tired of the changing landscapes - desert to Alpine valley, to stark mountain pass, along clear green rivers, with...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Overlanding

Salam - Three days in Kyrgyzstan's capital are barely time enough to recover from 44 hours on planes and in airports. I'm 12 time zones away from the California cabin and 10 from Destin's beaches. Years away as well. Is this 1950's Soviet Union? A pioneer outpost of Tsarist Russia? A 13th Century Silk Route stop? Yes to all, just add cell phones and designer jeans. Unlike my usual solitary mode of travel, this time I'm joining a group. We'll see how that works. Overlanding began in the early '70s as companies formed to assist incompetent...

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May 30, 2013 - Kyrgyzstan - a country with too many consonants

Kyrgyzstan. Pronounced Kirgizstan – not Kirgikistan or Kirgizia for short (in Russian). First question you may have is where is that? And why are you going there? Kyrgyzstan is one of the stan countries that used to be part of the USSR and is located south of Kazakhstan and west of China. From Alberta it’s literally the other side of the world. And why did I go there? I’ve always been fascinated by Central Asia especially after meeting Asian looking people who speak Russian. So as soon as I learned that a friend of mine from Toronto was...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Warszawa - Bishkek

Niedziela, 26 sierpnia - Warszawa, Moskwa, Bishkek Wyjazd z Warszawy popoludniowym lotem do Moskwy. Tam prawie 3 godziny czekania i prawie 5 godzinny lot Aeroflot do Bishkek. Pelny samolot. Poniedzialek, 27 sierpnia - Bishkek Przylatuje przed 6 rano. Wlasnie w zeszlym tygodniu Kirgistan zniosl obowiazek wiz wiec nie potrzebuje stac w okienku wizowym i zaoszczedzam okolo $60. Jednakze teraz nie moge wjechac juz do Kazachstanu - okreg Almaty jak wczesniej planowalem. Musialbym miec wize kazachska. Czekam az zrobi sie widno i zaczna jezdzic...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Bishkek, not the highlight of Kygyzstan

My last day in Kyrgyzstan, in the capital Bishkek. Other than the comforts of coffee and western food, a few parks and a couple of statues, there really isn't much here for the traveller. I'd have left today or yesterday if I could have, but alas no flights. From the tour I'll be the last to leave, although I did have some company today for coffee. The last four of us leave tomorrow from early in the morning to realistic time in the morning (luckily that's me). You know how people come back from a country and say the people were friendly....

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Jul 23, 2012 - ЦУМ

Today I wandered the city of Bishkek. Not a lot to see really, but some nice restaurants and bars are around and plenty of cheap eats as well. It was bloody hot though and we wandered into the Russian department store ЦУМ (pronounced zum). It was 4 or 5 floors of stuff, but unlike our department stores it was kind of like a market with individual sellers, one floor sold electronics, another sold stuff like women's clothing and makeup. The top floor sold souvenirs, which is where we spent most of out time browsing various felt products and...

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Jul 22, 2012 - The overland tour ends

Today is a travel day back to Bishkek, effectively the last day many of us will travel together, although I'm sure I'll see a fee tomorrow, which is the real last day of the tour. I just read about the flooding in Beijing, so not sure on the status of my trip to Beijing right now.

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Jul 11, 2012 - Escape from Kazakhstan

We departed from the NP To make the long drive to the Kygyzstan border. We arrived late in the day to the border crossing and queued at the gate with hoards of locals. The flood gates opened and the locals ran to the building in front. We tourists took our time, but soon found that despite queuing in an orderly manner, that the locals would just jump the queue and push in, some yelling among the locals occurred, but generally ignored. I deployed myself as a shield to block the people from jumping the queue and squeezing through the doorway....

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Jun 3, 2011 - Bishkek et les montagnes kirghizes - Bishkek und die kirgisische Berge

Bishkek, die Hauptstadt Kirgisiens. Wir nutzen meine zweite Geschäftsreise nach Kirgisien, um gleichzeitig Emilies Visum für Kasachstan zu verlängern und um ein Wochenende in den kirgisischen Bergen zu verbringen. Nach ca. 3 Stunden Autofahrt erreichen wir Bishkek am Donnerstag mittag. Am Freitag bekommt Emilie ihr Visum und am Freitag Abend fahren wir in die Berge, in eine kleine Holzhütte am Fluß. Von hier aus wandern wir durch das Bergtal. Unterwegs finden wir ein altes russische Sanatorium und machen dort einen kleinen Stopp, um in den...

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May 30, 2011 - 29 May - Bishkek

On Sunday 29 May we checked out of our hotel and moved to another one close by where everyone else was staying. We spent most of the day getting washing done and catching up on emails. It was our 40th wedding anniversary so that night most of the group came with us to celebrate, and also say goodbye to the ones leaving the trip. The group presented us with a card (in Russian so not sure what it says!) which was very sweet. We went to a big restaurant but they seemed to have a bit of trouble catering for our large group as the food took ages...

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