Category: Kyrgyzstan

  • Another Kyrgyz Revolution

    For those of you interested in Central Asia, like I am, you should take notice of what’s going on in Kyrgyzstan today. Protesters have taken to the streets and are calling for the president’s resignation. As you’ll see in the video below, police have opened fire in the main square where I took my Bishkek […]

  • Where I Slept: Osh, Kyrgyzstan – Kashgar, China

    Osh, Kyrgyzstan – Kashgar, China | 8 October, 2006 | $50 (overnight sleeper bus) This would be my third time traveling between Osh and Sary Tash on this trip and this time I decided to go by bus. The first time was in a large China Aid truck after my accident and the second time […]

  • Where I Slept: Osh, Kyrgyzstan

    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 […]

  • Where I Slept: Nukus, Uzbekistan

    Nukus, Uzbekistan | 9 September, 2006 | $15 I arrived in Nukus at dusk and soon found out that most of the hotels were full of tour groups. My taxi driver kept circling the city, trying to find me a place to stay. The only reason to go to Nukus is to go to Moynaq, […]

  • Where I Slept: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan | 31 August, 2006 | $3.82 After a week around Northeast Kyrgyzstan I finally got my Uzbek LOI (letter of Invitation) and spent another ten days in Bishkek trying to secure Uzbek and Tajik visas. I was in Bishkek for my birthday and it was nice to be in a place where I […]

  • Where I Slept: Song K?l Lake, Kyrgyzstan

    Song K?l Lake, Kyrgyzstan | 25 August, 2006 | $6.36 Although Song K?l is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan its incredibly inaccessible and only inhabited from June to September. I booked a homestay with a local herder through CBT and caught a car up from Kochkor with the couple I’d been traveling with and […]

  • Where I Slept: Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

    Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan | 23 August, 2006 | $6.36 Kyrgyzstan has a wonderful network of homestays across the country run by a community based tourism organization called, oddly enough, Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association (CBT). I had met a Dutch couple up at Altan Arashan that I got along with so we ended up traveling together […]

  • Where I Slept: Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

    Karakol, Kyrgyzstan | 22 August, 2006 | $8.90 After coming back from the countryside I stayed one more night in Karakol. My bunk room was taken so I was given this huge room with my own piano. The price includes a multi-course sit down dinner.

  • Where I Slept: Altan Arashan, Kyrgyzstan

    Altan Arashan, Kyrgyzstan | 20 August, 2006 | $15.27 This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve stayed. I suppose some of the beauty was in the remoteness and emptiness of the valley. I spent two nights here and probably could have stayed longer, sitting halfway up the mountain drawing and reading. Most people […]

  • Where I Slept: 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 […]