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A Weekend Of Not Skiing At Kyrgyzstan’s Karakol Ski Base

A Weekend Of Not Skiing: Kyrgyzstan’s Karakol Ski Base Karakol Ski Base. Everybody says it’s the best. In the country for sure, in the region perhaps. It’s certainly the highest elevation of any in Central Asia, at 3040m. If you’re a skier looking for good runs and comfy hotels for a winter sports trip in Kyrgyzstan, Karakol … Continue reading »

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Shymbulak: Legit Skiing in Kazakhstan!

Shymbulak – Skiing in Kazakhstan The Shymbulak Ski Resort, high above the city of Almaty and tucked deep into the mountains that stretch beyond the Medeo Ice-Skating Rink, is an area seemingly unknown to outsiders but may well be one of the best spots for snow-sports in all of Central Asia.

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Kyrgyzstan Ski Resorts – ZiL Ski Base

Kyrgyzstan Ski Resorts – ZiL Ski Base There are a number of ski bases within just a few hours drive of Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek. For some skiers in Bishkek, ZiL seems to be one of the favorites of local skiers for both the quality of facilities and the number of runs available. For others the place … Continue reading »

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MonkBoughtLunch’s Year in Photos: 2015

MonkBoughtLunch’s Year in Photos: 2015 The past year in photos: 2015. What a year it was. Funerals on the ghats of Varanasi, a bit of a long chat with the tourist police in Jordan, getting just a touch stranded in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, taking my first helicopter ride over the skyscrapers of Dubai, and of course … Continue reading »

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Jyrgalan Tourism Fest – Community, Culture, and Kyrgyzstan

Jyrgalan Tourism Festival – Community, Culture, and Kyrgyzstan   Kyrgyzstan is a small landlocked country in Central Asia. Try again. Manas nomad culture of Kyrgyzstan  yurt 天山 vodka. No, not quite. Hiking In Heavenly Mountain, Land Of The Snow Leopards. Lovely, still no. Community. Culture. Collaboration. We’ll start there. A small village, once an important coal mining … Continue reading »

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Lockhart BBQ: A Glutton’s Guide to The Best Barbecue in Austin and Central Texas

Lockhart BBQ: A Glutton’s Guide to The Best Barbecue in Austin and Central Texas   I did a bad bad thing. A thing that no man should contemplate… much less drag along a poor unsuspecting aunt and sister for. We gorged, feasted, banqueted, and chowed. A day of downright culinary debauchery… and all because of barbecue. Lockhart BBQ, to be … Continue reading »

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MatadorU Photography Course Review

MatadorU Photography Course Review (This MatadorU Photography Course review updated December 2015, originally published Dec 2011.) There is, I think,  still value to the MatadorU program. However, you should know what you expect to gain from the program before you decide whether the cost is worth it to you and if it will help you accomplish … Continue reading »

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#VisitJyrgalan – Backcountry Skiing in the Tien Shan

#VisitJyrgalan – Backcountry Skiing in the Tien Shan   There’s something special, I daresay sacred, in the quiet of a bright winter morning. A silence that seems to stretch for miles, disturbed only by the faraway call of a lone bird or melting ice crashing to the ground. It’s a feeling that stretches across all the … Continue reading »

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