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Horse Milk Tourism: It’s a Thing

If you didn’t catch my last post about kumis, it means horse milk. Yes, those words do in fact go together. People do actually venture to resorts where the focus is… drinking horse milk!

I remember the conversation like it was yesterday as it completely caught me off-guard. We were in the elevator, my voice was hoarse because that’s when I was extremely ill, but still I managed to ask as many questions as I could despite my self-prescribed remedy of “no talking”. I mean, geez… this Kyrgyz guy just told me that there are entire resorts set up where the focus is drinking milk from horses. Who could be quiet?! 


8 fun facts about Kyrgyzstan

When you live in a new culture for a long enough time, you start to realize subtle cultural norms that you wouldn’t have necessary learned by reading a book about the country. I have now been in Kyrgyzstan for exactly 2 months. Here are some interesting facts about the country and its culture that I have noticed after arriving here.68845fca6967de39aa9d996b2befe3c8

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 tradition and more than a little raucous celebration. But of course, not every country can celebrate with the panache of Kyrgyzstan.

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Skiing in Kyrgyzstan; Or at least trying to learn!

One of the the reasons I was so ready to come back to Kyrgyzstan in the middle of an admittedly chilly winter was for the ample snow-sport opportunities that abound around here. While all the snow and ice and cold may not be so exciting when crunching around the slick sidewalks of Bishkek, it all pays off when I manage to get out to the mountains. 6a3ae19ce91fa8bf6c2a2fdf6ec9f315

Kyrgyz nature (video)

Video about Kyrgyz nature.  Get inspired!

Border Lands

In the summer of 2013, Mike Libecki, Ethan Pringle, and Liv Sansoz traveled to the remote Tian Shan Mountains near the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. The team traveled though desert landscapes, a maze of sandstone towers, high plains and deep valleys to establish one of the must unique multi-pitch climbs in the region.

The do’s and don’ts of travel in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgystan: Central Asia, west of China and south of Kazakhstan. Dominated by the Tian Shan (Heavenly Cloud) mountainous range with verdant green gorges, tall peaks and high altitude lakes.

Through dramatically rugged mountains and fertile valleys on camel and horseback, China and the mysteries of the Orient beckoned ancient merchants and now you can experience this out-of-the-ordinary adventure. But before you saturate yourself in the Silk Road scenery of yore, here are some travel tips…

Are you inspired to get right off your beaten track, ride mountain ponies, hike trails of breathtaking scenery, stay in yurts with the mountain people and swim in alpine lakes? Kyrgyzstan ticks all these boxes and more:

From Kashgar to Irkeshtam, at the border with Kyrgyzstan

It’s been over 2 months since I last wrote about my on-going bike trip. I am now back in China for the October Holiday after visiting Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in August and September. It was hard to get on line in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan and then I was with my parents in Kyrgyzstan and wanted to take advantage of every minute with them so I didn’t spend much time on line (Sorry Becky!). Lots of things have happened since the end of July when I was in Kashgar. I am going to try to retrace my steps and share my impressions on 2 beautiful months across Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.  P5132968-1024x768-2

Киргизия: едем горными дорогами к границе с Китаем

Итак, наш путь лежит в город Ош, второй по численности населения в Киргизии, хотя народу здесь живет не так уж и много — чуть более 230 000 человек. В Оше к нам должны присоединиться еще двое путешественников из Новосибирска.

Пока есть возможность, загоняем машины на местную станцию техобслуживания — проверить. Механик долго разглядывает нас, а потом заявляет: «Видель тосно такие же машина по телевизору, они вокруг Байкала ехать». Оказалось, что смотрел по ТВ передачу о предыдущей нашей экспедиции. Пока машины осматривают, мы снимаем гостиницу — весьма, кстати, неплохую, тут есть, например, бассейн. 674bb7d001dbbf1b1daad94def5662c1_watermarked

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Central Asia Travel: A Beginner’s Guide

We are Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott, a husband-and-wife storytelling team. Over twelve years ago we began with a one-way ticket and an insatiable curiosity about the world and its people. More than 80 countries later, we are still going…and still married.

Deserts and dictators. Yurts and nomads. Silk Road cities, staggering yet underrated mountain ranges, Soviet detritus, and one of the world’s greatest road trips. "The Long Walk Home"