Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Pat on September 23, 2022 in Travel |

22 September 2022 This morning I am flown out of Bishkek’s Manas International Airport for Osh, the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan. With a population a little over 208,000, Osh is located in the Fergana Valley. I was prepared for chaos at airport but it went smoothly. Security to enter and security at every doorway, […]

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Posted by Pat on September 22, 2022 in Travel |

20-21 September 2022 This morning we depart lovely Lake Issyk Kul and retrace some of our route west before turning north to Bishkek. There are not a lot of roads here, basically up and down the valleys with little more than hiking trails over the mountains. I think locals like it that way. Along this […]

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Mountains and Valleys of Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Pat on September 20, 2022 in Travel |

18 – 19 September 2022 It’s Sunday and after a hearty breakfast we board our large and comfortable bus and drive to Issyk-Kul Lake. The road travels west within the valley before rounding the mountains in a southerly direction and looping east around the mountain to go up the next valley and the northern shore […]

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Posted by Pat on September 18, 2022 in Travel |

17 September 2022 The day begins with a large, delicious breakfast including flaky pastries, potato pancakes filled with cheese, homemade honey and raspberry spreads, bread, quiche and more – homemade and from their gardens. I’m not a breakfast person but one has to indulge here. As for coffee, we’ll, let’s say there is room for […]

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Posted by Pat on September 17, 2022 in Travel |

16 September 2022 I am spirited off, by van, to the Kazakhstan border with neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Except for the spelling, how does the history and culture of this country differ? Kyrgyzstan flies a brighter national flag, is more rugged and mountainous, is home to 6 million Kyrgyz, does not share a border with Russia, hosts […]

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Posted by Pat on September 14, 2022 in Travel |

11-13 SEPTEMBER 2022 Sometimes it takes a lot of preparation to travel to distant places. And yes, it will take me three days to arrive at my destination of Almaty. In the case of what travelers typically lump together as “The Five Stans,” my first challenge was locating the countries on a map, remembering their […]

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