A jaunt in the Kyrgyz Republic

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A jaunt in the Kyrgyz Republic
The misadventures of a Tefl teacher in the Switzerland of Central Asia
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  • До тех пор, и спасибо за все баранины (So long and thanks for all the mutton) 4 years ago So this is the end...the last hurrah. the tale of my final days (for now) in the Kyrgyz Republic.It's been an insane, jumbled, eye-opening, belly-building, gratifying and intense experience.  I leave Kyrgystan a far better informed individual with a re-drawn mental map of the world.  My last few...
  • The Lake Issyk-Kul (A weekend in Cholpon-Ata) 4 years ago                               With the exception of the gold standard; ‘What the hell have you come to Kyrgyzstan for?’ query, this is the most common question asked by locals to foreigners visiting or coming to live in Kyrgyzstan.  Lake Issyk-Kul has...
  • A Moment of Reflection 4 years ago Today you find me in reflective mood, contemplating what the the future might hold for Central Asia and Krgyzystan in particular.  So you'll find a want of  tawdry tales of drunken debauchary, surreal occurences, comic goings on, off the cuff quips and self-deprecating comedy rambles in today's...
  • Это западня (Of Chocolate Wrestling, Bottle Popping and Admiral Ackbar) 4 years ago       That's how it all began, some months ago now.  We were having a wander through цум (Tsum = Central Universal Store) a giant department store that sells all kinds of bric-a-brac, including (it turns out) latex masks of Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars.  Not, it must be added, a...
  • Of King Charles, The Black Prince and The Game of (Somewhat Smelly) Kings. 4 years ago It is traditional in most cultures of the world to mourn the dead.  In the case of the Bishkek ex-pat community the dead are any lost souls that have left Bishkek.  As each person takes their leave of the Kyrgyz capital, they are granted a funeral/wake where people come to celebrate their time...

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