Osh, Kyrgyzstan | 7 October, 2006 | $4.12
My brilliant plan to get a ride from Tajikistan to Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan and then to hitchhike on a truck to the Chinese border didn’t quite work out. We arrived in Sary Tash at dusk and were told that the Chinese border was closed for the next 7 days during their huge October holiday. I’ve dealt with the travel problems surrounding this time in China before but I never thought they would close the border! Apparently it only close the “insignificant” borders, leaving me stranded. I continued on to Osh (Sary Tash is little more than a truck stop) and spent a week sitting in my hostel bed updating my web site and gorging myself on real food again. Despite being in a Muslim town (and Ramadan in full swing) the restaurants were crowded throughout the day and I had no trouble replenishing my strength.
For a special treat click on the thumbnails below to see the employees at the guesthouse?one of whom recently proposed to me via email in a thinly disguised effort to get a green card! Unfortunately it was not the cute one.