Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan at Sunrise

Kyrgyzstan: Around Issyk Kul

Around Lake Issyk Kul Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk Kul is the second largest saline lake in the world (after the Caspian Sea), the second largest mountain lake in the world (after Titicaca), and the tenth largest lake in the world by volume. This huge body of water nestled between mountain ranges in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan’s northeastern quadrant is that country’s most popular tourist destination. The lake and surrounding mountains are a haven for outdoor recreation drawing[…]

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Backyard chickens in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: Bad Wine and Good Company in Karakol

Impressions of Karakol or: Bad Wine and Good Company The white moon rose into the evening sky above the pitched roofs of Karakol’s colorful, tin-roofed homes each with a garden containing chickens and maybe even a cow or a goat. As my colleagues and I walked down the dirt road toward the center of town, we asked a colorful old man with a frown etched permanently across his chiseled face and a shaggy sheep at[…]

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A side entrance to the Opera and Ballet Theater in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek for Beginners

Bishkek for Beginners A (very) brief city guide With a population of just under a million inhabitants (source), Bishkek is The Republic of Kyrgyzstan’s capital and largest city. Historically, the people of Kyrgyzstan, like those of her northern neighbor, Kazakhstan, were nomadic. While there are some archaeological sites around ancient settlements, most of Kyrgyzstan’s cities are relatively young. Bishkek was first established as a silk route trading fort (Pishpek) in 1825. As Tsarist Russian interests[…]

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