Saturday, August 27, 2011

bishkek, kyrgyzstan:

When we first arrived in Bishkek, we were both a little shocked, it was quite different to what we had been driving through - mountains, yurts, nature etc. I think it was the fact that Kyrgyzstan didn't really seem that 'Soviet' when we first arrived, and Bishkek was very much a Soviet city. We read lots of bad things about it, so we weren't too sure what to think at first, but in the end it did grow on us and it was really nice to have a break and prepare for the next leg of our trip. We spent about three days there, which is quite a bit, but we had to wait around for the Uzbek consulate to open up to get our visas and organise a few other logistics.
There's not a whole lot to see in Bishkek, but it is definitely worth a stop and a nice city to walk around (Just not at night! People say due to muggings, but we would actually warn against it as the footpaths are really bad, with open man holes and no street lighting! We did feel safe the whole time.)
Photos below are off our meanderings around.

Next: a visit to an antique shop + then on to Kochkor (home of felt).


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