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World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: A Nomad Olympics

World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: An Olympics for Nomadic Cultures If you were following my Facebook Page or Instagram in 2014, you’ll have undoubtedly seen a flood of images from old-school portraits to crazy sporting events, all from one very specific and amazing event: The World Nomad Games 2014. Hosted by Kyrgyzstan and featuring teams from across the Pan-Turkic world and … Continue reading »

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Celebrating Nooruz (Persian New Year) in Bishkek

Celebrating Nooruz (Persian New Year) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   (Note: this Nooruz post originally published in 2014. Sadly I’m out of town for 2016 festivities, but hopefully next year I’ll be able to catch it in Bishkek or Tashkent or maybe even Tehran? Till then, sprazdnikom nooruz!) As with any holiday worth the title, half … Continue reading »

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Skiing in Kyrgyzstan: An Overly-Thorough Guide

Skiing in Kyrgyzstan: An Overly-Thorough Guide Skiing in Kyrgyzstan – it doesn’t get a lot of international press, not nearly as much as it should. Kyrgyzstan isn’t necessarily the easiest place to spend winter, and for many I think dreams of Thai beaches and southern-hemisphere summer are often top of mind. While all the snow and ice … 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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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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#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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Victory! Celebrating Victory Day in Bishkek.

Victory! Celebrating Victory Day in Bishkek. I’m currently out of the country, missing this year’s Victory Day celebrations in Kyrgyzstan. This is a big year, though, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and likely the last big anniversary that will see a significant number of veterans of the fighting able … Continue reading »

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Defenders of the Fatherland Day: Holidays in Bishkek, Soviet-style

Defenders of the Fatherland Day: Holidays in Bishkek, Soviet-style (This article originally posted on Defenders of the Fatherland Day in 2014. To follow updates from 2015’s holiday in Bishkek, follow my Facebook Page and Instagram feed.) Once ‘Red Army Day’, then ‘Soviet Army and Navy Day’, and now finally ‘Defenders of the Fatherland Day’. With piles of … Continue reading »

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