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"There is a vast valley, a land of plenty. The old man Bakai said:
Let Manas be the master of Talas" - From "Manas" the Kyrgyz national epic
 

Highlights
Views across Lake Issyk-Kul, "Fat Boys" cafe in Bishkek, discovering Ciprofloxacin (stomach antibiotic)

lows
Osh, Nori's Lake Issyk-Kul food poisoning, flying in a Tupolev over the Himalaya

head scratchers
Kyrgyz women marrying Norwegians (we met several), President Akaev's eyebrows, party night at the Golden Fleece (Indian man doing Meatloaf covers)

 

 

population (mn)

4.8 million
capital Bishkek
languages Kyrgyz, Russian
religion Muslim, Russian Orthodox
currency Som

  Click on the thumbnail shots below to see larger photos with descriptions.  
ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 3
culture: 3
fun: 4
transport: 2
nature: 4
FOOD: 3

 

 
total score: 17/30

 

average cost per day
$US65 per day (for two)

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
  September 20, 2003   Kyrgyz Blues  
         
         
         
         
         
   
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