Kyrgyzstan

The J-Fest: Learning about Kyrgyz Traditions in One Day!

I timed my visit to Jyrgalan to coincide with their second annual Summer Festival. It is mainly held for the …
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The Simple Yet Useful Samovar

Tea is a huge part of the culture here in Central Asia. Whenever I order tea with a meal, for …
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Jyrgalan…The Phoenix of Kyrgyzstan

Jyrgalan is the most eastern village in Kyrgyzstan. It is in the mountains at about an altitude of 2260 meters …
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“She’s WHERE??? Where in the world is THAT??”

This is what I imagine my friends saying when they learned my latest destination, which I did not reveal until …
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Preparing Borsok with Altynai

I am fortunate enough to find myself as a guest at arguably the best guesthouse in Karakol, Happy Nomads Yurt …
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Dealing with Airport Taxi Paparazzi and Strategies for Market Shopping

I arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan yesterday morning. I hate overnight flights! I can no longer sleep on an airplane, no …
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