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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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Down to Reimers’ Ranch: Outdoors in Austin

Reimers’ Ranch Park There are three types of places in my world: 1. Places I’ve never been. 2. Places that I’m happy to have visited once. 3. Places I’m happy to go back to again and again. Even on the micro scale of ‘Places in and around Austin, Tx” this list is valid; each trip … 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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Suluu-Terekking with the TUK

Another trip with the Trekking Union in Kyrgyzstan, another new place explored too quickly. To call Suluu-Terek ‘near Bishkek’ is a bit of a stretch, as the trailhead actually lies just outside of the Chuy Valley inside of Boomskoe Gorge on the way to Issyk-Kol Lake. If you can find the trailhead, though, the path … Continue reading »

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Into the Hills – Outskirts of Bishkek Edition

I can’t decide whether I really like hiking with the Kyrgyzstan Trekking Union or it really annoys me to go do so. The very first trip I went on with them, up to Bir-Bulak Canyon just outside of Bishkek, illustrates the problem really well. We set out at some silly time of the morning to … Continue reading »

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Crete E4: A Day of Rest

Having walked from Elafonisi all the way to Hora Sfakia over the coastal route of the Crete E4, I was well ready to hop a bus for the beach town of Fragokastello for a few days’ rest before my friend Kyle met up to head into the White Mountains. After the bus never materialized, I … Continue reading »

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Crete’s Lefka Ori – Whiter Than I Thought.

Having been staring up towards Crete’s mountain chains the entire time I was walking the coastal routes of the E4 trail, it was with a sense of excitement that Kyle and I drove up rocky back roads into the heart of the White Mountains. Our original intention had to been to hike from here through … Continue reading »

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Crete E4: The (My) Final Stretch

Leaving the most amazing campsite in Greece (at Agia Roumeli) is, in fact, a hard thing to do. First you walk for an hour on an unstable path over rocky beaches, then up a sandy hill looking out over the Libyan Sea. Having gained some altitude, though, the path opens up and mostly evens out … Continue reading »

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