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May 11, 2005 - Swimming in Toktogul Reservoir

Depart: Kara-kol, Kyrgyzstan Arrive: Chichen River, Kyrgyzstan Overnight: Bush camp - After breakfast we set off and stopped near the green river for some really picturesque photos. Apparently the green colour probably coms from the algae according to Norman. We stopped at the beautiful Toktogul reservoir for lunch. An amazing spot and a good opportunity for a quick dip - vital as we were in the middle of 3 bushcamps! Unfortunately my soap floated away although I did manage to wash some clothes at the same time, only to duly dirty tem again...

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May 11, 2005 - Sequestros no Quirguistao

Camping-nao-sei-onde, Quirguistao Sao frequentes os cemiterios localizados na beira das estradas aqui. Cada tumulo eh um mini-mausoleu, sempre com a estrela islamica* no topo. A crescente ornamentacao destes mausoleus fez inclusive com que o governo aprovasse uma lei limitando o quanto poderia ser gasto na construcao de cada um deles. * Alias, ainda preciso entender o real significado da lua crescente na simbologia islamica. Me disseram que significava justica. Esta lua tambem substitui a cruz vermelha ocidental estampada nas ambulancias e...

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May 10, 2005 - My Gosh - we're in Osh!

Depart: Osh, Kyrgyzstan Arrive: Near Kara-Kol, Kyrgyzstan Overnight: Bush camp - The first 3 cook groups, including mine, headed to the famous Osh Bazaar in the morning to buy food for the next 3 bush camps. Joyce, Magrith and I had quite a bit of cash left over from our budget which we spent on chocolate biscuits, later proving to be the most popular purchase of the trip! The bazaar was large and lively, and although not on a par with Ashgabat's Tolkuchkka market, it was a shame that we were rushed and burdened with food shopping....

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May 10, 2005 - O paraiso perdido dos trekkers

Camping proximo a represa de Toktogun, Quirguistao O estereotipo que tinha do Quirguistao, uma das mais pobres e sovietizadas das ex-republicas da URSS, era relacionado a extracao de uranio para abastecimento do arsenal nuclear sovietico. Hoje este estereotipo foi estilhacado. O que falta de historia e arquitetura no Quirguistao eh compensado por suas belissimas paisagens. Nunca imaginei que pudesse ser tao bonito. Sua exuberancia rochosa eh de dar agua na boca a qualquer trekker que se preze. 40% de seu territorio estah acima de 3.000m,...

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Sabático - 2005