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The front door of the hotel I stayed at in Bishkek  
   

The front door of the hotel I stayed at in Bishkek

The sign reads "Bathroom works!", the hotel's major selling-point.
Going Nomad on the Kyrgyz Jailoo

August 1st 2008
Kymys. Fermented mare's milk. I'd been looking forward to trying it ever since I decided to come to Central Asia, but I guess I'd always had in mind just a small sip, rather than the overflowing bowl Aitbek had just thrust into my hands. I gazed into it uncertainly for a moment, fairly dubious about the tiny pieces of straw and strands of hair bobbing at the surface. But Aitbek just nodded encoura ... read more
Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Kochkor

Kyrgyzstani Flag A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, Kyrgyzstan was annexed by Russia in 1864; it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Nation-wide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the oust... ... read more
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