Tag Archives: 2008

New Bike Path For Kyrgyzstan. Tempted? | TravellingTwo: Bicycle Touring Around The World

 

New Bike Path For Kyrgyzstan. Tempted? | TravellingTwo: Bicycle Touring Around The World

For us, Kyrgyzstan brings to mind remote dirt tracks, high mountains and generally that wonderful feeling of riding your bike in the middle of nowhere. It’s an adventurous place to ride.

http://travellingtwo.com/11196?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-bike-path-for-kyrgyzstan-tempted

Me-go- Around-the-World – One woman’s adventures traveling solo around the world

Me-go- Around-the-World – One woman’s adventures traveling solo around the world

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Afghanistan My Last Tour

Afghanistan My Last Tour

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Kyrgyzstan: In the hall of the mountain kings

 

Kyrgyzstan: In the hall of the mountain kingsKyrgyzstan was a busy location on the Silk Road. Today, visitors are few, says Kate Megeary, winner of the 2008 IoS/Bradt Travel Writing Competition.  ‘Asian ibex, Marco Polo sheep, Siberian deer.” The elderly German trophy hunter was unashamed as he reeled off his wanted list. “No snow leopards then?” I asked facetiously. “No, no. We cannot. They are shy creatures.” He leant towards me conspiratorially. “There are gold mines as well, you know, up there in the ice.”
05/04/2009

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/asia/kyrgyzstan-in-the-hall-of-the-mountain-kings-1662686.html

Emails from Kyrgyzstan – September 2008

Emails from Kyrgyzstan – September 2008

Hello Hana

Thanks for your private message.

I dont now how to speak Kyrgyzstani or Russian, and I got by. Well, I got by just about. Some people speak some English but getting around with speaking only English is complicated. One time a Polish guy saved me a lot of hassle by speaking Russian with a taxi driver so I got to where I wanted more easily.

Was it easy going around alone?
Well, it wasnt particularly difficult, but there are some safety issues you should be aware of. While some people are friendly and curious, others are openly hostile towards foreigners. I had everthing from gifts being given by strangers to snarling comments and stones thrown at me by other strangers. Never go out at night alone. Preferably, dont go out after dark at all. Sometimes foreigners are beaten up by gangs of drunks.

Public transport to get from town to town is in the form of shared taxis. I had no bad experiences with them, but at the same time, I would have preferred the security of taking a bus with lots of women and children rather than 4 strangers gathered by the taxi man.

But, as far as Central Asia goes, I recommend Kyrgyzstan as a first choice. If you fly there, you can get a visa on arrival, which is a real bonus when you compare it with the visa difficulties of other C Asian countries.

Another real bonus of Kyrgystan are the home stays. At first I was apprehensive of having my space invaded by an extended family, but in all the home stays I was in they pretty much left me alone and I even had most of one section of the houses to myself when there was nobody else staying there.

There was some kind of complication about money when I was there. Bring US dollars. I had Euro notes which they said they dont like and US dollars would have been more acceptable and would have saved me a minor amount of money changing hassles. They told me they are going to stop accepting Euros some time though, in one of the places I changed at.

Bring a flash light. When I was there, the electricity was off as much as it was on evey day and night.

Here is the blog I wrote about Kyrgyzstan.
http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Kochkor/blog-364776.html

Emails from Kyrgyzstan – September 2008

Emails from Kyrgyzstan – September 2008

Although the title says September 2008, it was posted on January 18th 2009 by Mell

http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Kochkor/blog-364776.html

A JOURNEY THROUGH TURKESTAN

A JOURNEY THROUGH TURKESTAN

136 posts, some very short (!) He goes on to call his next blog “The LKalpak” – Kyrgyzstan entries include:

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http://crossingturkestan.blogspot.com/

Pixilated Peregrinations: A Propitious Return to Central Asia

Pixilated Peregrinations: A Propitious Return to Central Asia

Weddings have been great excuses for me to travel. On September 28 I embarked on an indefinite journey back to Uzbekistan and beyond. For 3 months +/- I planned to traverse Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Turkey with an open mind, no return ticket and a backpack of essentials, good karma, kismet and the occasion Internet connection. How long will this unquenched xenophilia last? The true itinerary will unfold. UPDATE: That’s it, thanks for reading!! I’ll be home on January 14th.

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/41800/summary

Be still my bleating heart

 

Be still my bleating heartMind-altering sunsets and unfamiliar silences mesmerise Jan Forrester as she stays among the shepherds.

13/11/2008

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/travel/be-still-my-bleating-heart-20081113-6418.html

Por Bicicleta

Por Bicicleta

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