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Winter in Kyrgyzstan: Snow Camping at Ala-Archa

Winter in Kyrgyzstan: Snow Camping at Ala-Archa The long frozen Bishkek winter takes it toll on my traditional pastimes. Growing up in Louisiana, deep in the US south, my love for the outdoors has always extended to camping and hiking and multi-day backpacking but given the locale usually only the warm-weather versions of those. The very … Continue reading »

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Kumtor Gold Mine: Kyrgyzstan’s Fine Line

Kumtor Gold Mine: Kyrgyzstan’s Fine Line Between Ecology and Economy Standing squarely at the heart of countless clashes, the Kumtor Gold Mine is equally one of Kyrgyzstan’s most important economic contributors and one of its most controversial environmental and investment considerations. The Kumtor Gold Mine is located high in the mountains to the south of Issyk-Kol, … Continue reading »

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Saving Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan: the NABU Rehabilitation Center

Saving Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan: the NABU Rehabilitation Center Alternate Title: Gratuitous Pictures of Snow Leopards The whole thing started, really, with a ‘Special Exhibition on Snow Leopards’ in the Kyrgyzstan State Museum of Fine Arts. Walking through those quiet halls looking at a hundred-odd photos and drawings snow leopards made by artists from across … Continue reading »

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Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day Holiday: Celebrating Nomad Style

Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day Holiday: Celebrating Nomad Style Holidays are always an awesome time to travel, and Independence Day is a particularly fine festivity. No matter whether Hot Dogs and Fireworks for the 4th of July in the US or Military Parades on Bastille Day in Paris, Independence Day holidays are usually a combination of patriotism and … Continue reading »

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On Beautiful Places in Kyrgyzstan: Hiking in Shamsi Gorge

On Beautiful Places in Kyrgyzstan: Hiking in Shamsi Gorge There are countless beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan – I often feel like every new valley and every new gorge offer some new and incredible view. Mountains, alpine pastures, shepherds and yurts galore. It was with some excitement, then, that I signed up for a Trekking Union trip … Continue reading »

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Hiking Kyrgyzstan’s Chon-Kaindy Valley

Hiking Kyrgyzstan’s Chon-Kaindy Valley No matter the route, no matter the preparation, the simple truth is that not every hike will go as planned. Add into this a rarely-traveled route with a guide who has only visited once before, and its bound to be an adventure. Such was the case on a TUK trip to … Continue reading »

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To the Kyrgyzstan Military Forces: Happy 22nd Anniversary!

Kyrgyzstan Military Forces 22nd Anniversary It isn’t every day I happen across a bunch of APCs and Mortars just hanging out in the middle of town. Given that it isn’t Victory Day or Defenders of the Fatherland Day and there doesn’t seem to be a revolution on, what could the occasion be? As it turns out, … Continue reading »

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Buzkashi and Kokpar – The Central Asian Horse Game

Buzkashi and Kokpar – A Traditional Central Asian Horse Game “Central Asian Dead Goat Polo” For many foreigners I think the game of Buzkashi is THE stereotypical ‘Central Asia’ image. As far back as Rambo III’s premiere in 1988, where Sly Stallone joins in a game of Buzkashi deep in the heart of Afghanistan, this … Continue reading »

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