Me-go: Around-the-World

Where I Slept: Karakol, Kyrgyzstan


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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan | 19 August, 2006 | $7

An interesting Russian man owned the large house where I slept in Karakol?a small town near the Eastern edge of Lake Issyk-Kul. Out back was a beautiful yard full of flowers and a garage heaped with old cars, motorcycles and miscellaneous metal parts and tools. Some people pitched tents in the yard to save money but I loved this little bunk room under the back stairs that felt like sleeping inside of an old ship. The owner gave me and another guest a ride to the animal market on the back of his ATV and I took him up on the opportunity to stay in his cabin out in beautiful Altan Arashan, which you’ll see tomorrow.

The $7 fee included a full dinner in the formal dining room. It seemed expensive at the time but sitting down to a real dinner for once was definitely worth the price. You can see one of my dinners below, as well as a picture of one of the few other Americans I met traveling in Central Asia at the time (this guy was pretty interesting and I met people in Uzbekistan who had heard of the trouble he got into in Kyrgyzstan just after this picture was taken).

Beautiful and tasty dinner in the formal dining room Fixing a motorcycle in the yard