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Marathon Running in the Mountains of Heaven

Marathon Running in the Mountains of Heaven It could be any marathon anywhere, but it isn’t.

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Kyrgyzstan Climbing Festival: Alpinada in Ala-Archa

Kyrgyzstan Climbing Festival: Alpinada in Ala-Archa   The outdoors community in Kyrgyzstan can be counted on for nothing if not an embracing sense of community and a dash of craziness. With that in mind, I set off from Bishkek on the afternoon of April 30th to join over 150 other hikers on a May 1st … Continue reading »

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Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan – The Best Daytrips in Bishkek?

Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan If I were to recommend only one thing to a newly-arrived expat to Bishkek that wanted to meet people and explore Kyrgyzstan a little bit, it would be to join the Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan and tag along on some of their weekend trips.  In winter they organize regular ski trips … Continue reading »

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Bishkek Opera and Ballet Theatre

Bishkek Opera and Ballet Theatre Like most of the former Soviet Union, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan has a strong presence of fine and performing arts – Drama and Painting and Opera and Ballet, among others. Though I had visited the Kyrygz Philharmonic Concert Hall a number of times, up until recently I had never … Continue reading »

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Medeo: Ice-Skating and Stair Stepping in the Mountains of Kazakhstan

Ice-Skating at Medeo With a distinct appreciation for snowy mountains and Soviet-era relics, how could I avoid a trip to the ice-skating rink at Medeo on my last visit to Almaty?

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Kyrgyz Food: Plov for Two

Kyrgyz Food I have sort of a love/hate thing on with  Kyrgyz food  (and really Central Asian food), where I really enjoy a couple of dishes until I eat them too many times in a row; then I dread having them again for weeks or more. Most of the readily available fare, to be just, … Continue reading »

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A Cold Hike to Kyrgyzstan’s Kol-Tor: The Turquoise Lake.

Kyrgyzstan’s Kol-Tor Lake The opportunity to get out into this mountains is, without a doubt, one of the greatest things about spending time in Kyrgyzstan.

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A Month In the Forests: Families of the Arslanbob Walnut Harvest

Arslanbob Walnut Harvest Kyrgyzstan is full of small stories. A successful microfinance project here, a village with a long history of training fighter pilots there, and any number of interesting back stories to be stumbled across by travelers or locals alike. One of the most well-known of those, though I find it no less interesting … Continue reading »

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