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A journey in Kyrgyzstan

My journey through Kyrgyzstan began in Bishkek. It is a typically Soviet city of 4broad boulevards and grandiose (often crumbling) monuments. I was struck by one World War II memorial featuring two Kyrgyz soldiers, with an inscription in Russian on one side (there is one in Kyrgyz on the other) declaring “We were fighting for Communism”. There has been little effort to airbrush out the communist past, with one notable exception: the statue of Lenin, arm outstretched pointing to the future in one of the stock poses seen all over the former empire, has been removed from its plinth on the central Ala-Too Square (formerly Lenin Square), in front of the State Historical Museum, and replaced by the legendary national hero, Manas.

http://blacksearoamer.livejournal.com/20953.html

Karakol Zoo – a monopoly on joy

 

Karakol Zoo – a monopoly on joy 

It is simply amazing! When everything around is to seize and snatch, divide or multiply the already divided, are such parts of our beautiful country, where give and give. Bring joy and give up its heat. And especially children. Karakol zoo is such a place. Correct to say not a zoo and wild animal protection center.

In Russian

http://www.knews.kg/society/34033_karakolskiy_zoopark__monopoliya_na_radost/

Trekking from Karakol in Kyrgyzstan to the Valley of the Flowers | Wandering Kiwi

Trekking from Karakol in Kyrgyzstan to the Valley of the Flowers | Wandering Kiwi

The town of Karakol is a great base for a trekking holiday in Kyrgyzstan. There are a number of easy day treks, overnight trips or more extensive expeditions into the mountains.

http://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2011/12/kyrgyzstan-trek-to-the-valley-of-the-flowers/

Visit the markets and bazaars of Central Asia: photo essay | Wandering Kiwi

Visit the markets and bazaars of Central Asia: photo essay | Wandering Kiwi

Markets or bazaars featured heavily during our Central Asia odyssey. Apart from fresh food supplies they are often a great place to pick up a bus or a share taxi for transportation. They are also full of local colour and the best place to see people going about their daily lives as they have for centuries on the Silk Road in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

http://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2012/01/central-asia-markets-kyrgyzstan-uzbekistan-tajikistan/

Skiing Season In Karakol | English Russia

 

Skiing Season In Karakol | English Russia

http://englishrussia.com/2011/12/26/skiing-season-in-karakol/

Kyrgyzstan: Photo essay on the monthly animal market in Karakol | Wandering Kiwi

 

Kyrgyzstan: Photo essay on the monthly animal market in Karakol | Wandering Kiwi

If you’re in the little eastern town of Karakol in Kyrgyzstan on a Sunday don’t miss the huge animal market. Thousands of Kyrgyz gather to trade livestock of all kinds and as this is Kyrgyzstan of course there are hundreds of horses.

http://www.worldwanderingkiwi.com/2011/12/photo-essay-kyrgyzstan-animal-market/

Travel Blog: 2011

Travel Blog: 2011

http://www.travelpod.co.uk/travel-blog/dan./4/tpod.html

Travel Blogs, Photos, Forum, Hotels and Hostels

Travel Blogs, Photos, Forum, Hotels and Hostels

Over 200 entries by travellers about Kyrgyzstan … including:

http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/

Entering Kyrgyzstan « he(art)

Entering Kyrgyzstan « he(art)

…aaannnddd we’re back!

So where was I? Right. Yes. We heard a scream.

That was the first sign that all wasn’t right. We jolted awake, groggily looking about to determine the source of the scream. We didn’t have to look long- off at the other end of the hall, closer to the doors, were 2 guards walking systematically along the benches and using batons to beat the people sleeping on them. Given that a large number of the benches were occupied, and that the guards did not seem to employ any restraint whatsoever in their beatings, many were in fact beaten. The guards only targeted those asleep, however, and moved on once said person was clearly awake. Having had the relative good fortune of being among the furthest from the doors, we were well awake before they got to us, and were thankfully spared any abuse. In spite of our exhaustion, the rude awakening effectively removed our desire to sleep, and we wandered outside in time to witness dawn breaking to reveal a spectacular backdrop of snow capped mountains off in the distance.

http://literagraphy.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/entering-kyrgyzstan/

Kyrgyzstan at Passport Magazine

Kyrgyzstan at Passport Magazine

Apart from appearing in pub quizzes as one of four countries in the world to only contain one vowel, Kyrgyzstan rarely makes the international headlines, unless they happen to have a coup—and there have been two of them in the past 5 years. Lacking the mineral wealth of its northern neighbour Kazakhstan, the history and beautiful buildings of Uzbekistan to the west and the populous might of China to the east, the only surrounding country Kyrgyzstan could lay claim to be ahead of in Central Asia’s bragging stakes is Tajikistan to the south.

http://passportmagazine.ru/article/2158/