Lake Song Köl

It was cold in lake Song Köl. Staying in a Yurt at these temps around freezing was not as bad as we thought, even if we were at 3000 meters above sea level and it is September. The landscapes were unreal. See the gallery for more pictures of the area. Tonight we are back in Bishkek, as the road we wanted to take is in bad shape. The only way south turned out to be north and then west. Off to Arslanbob to see the walnut harvest. Should be nuts! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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    Yurt Welcome!

    Bathing, birding and a demonstration by an eagle hunter were the highlights of our visit to the banks of lake Issyk Kül. We also stayed in our first yurt! At night the stars were incredible, the waves at the lake were thunderous but soothing, and the landscape was otherworldly. We will be staying in many a yurt over the next few days and I am pleased to report that our first night exceeded expectations. From Bishkek, we set out with our ace taxi driver, an older gentleman who regularly drives the route between Bishkek and Bokonbaevo. Bokonbaevo is a small …

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      internetski no

      Have a few drops of internet this morning. Wrote a nice long post about the last few days but will have to wait until Monday to post it. Took all my bandwidth just to write this. Weather taking a turn for the worse for a few days, glad to have a warm jacket. Yesterday we met with a traditional Eagle Hunter, he rocked up with his golden eagle in the back of his 84 VW Golf. We all got to hold the eagle before he let it loose on a defensless bunny. The whole thing left a pretty awesome impression, despite the …

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        Bishkek!

        Today we are acclimatizing in Bishkek, a leafy, green city with cozy soviet architecture, cheap and plentiful taxis, and coffee so sweet it hurts the teeth. Impossibly high mountains covered in snow loom in the far distance. Unlike Innsbruck, which sits in a bowl of mountains on either side in a relatively narrow valley, the area around Bishkek is very flat until it seems to run right into a wall of peaks.  Our plane arrived at 4AM, a most uncivilized hour. By 6AM we arrived in the center of town just as the city was just waking up. Our taxi …

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          Let the adventure begin

          Waiting for the airplane in Munich for our first foray into Central Asia. Other airlines in the terminal are flying to cities we have never heard of, Sulaymaniyah for example. For those scoring at home, it turns out to be located in Kurdish Iraq. Yesterday was filled with volleyball, good food and goodbyes. See some of you on the road from here to there! We will arrive in Bishkek, Kirgizstan early Wednesday morning and we will visit the office for community-based tourism as soon as it opens at 9AM. Mary will have to unpack her Russian skills and navigate us …

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            Stepping out for a bit

            The journey will begin September 10th. First flight is to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, followed by Kazakhstan, India, Nepal and then on to Southeast Asia. Along the way, we hope you will check in to find out what we have been up to. Leave a comment, send us a mail and keep in touch. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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              Reviewed: Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka

              Visiting Wilpattu National Park was one of the highlights of our trip to Ceylon. After visiting we thought the place could use a little advertising and we promised to post something online about the park and the surrounding area. It’s the kind of place we wish someone had told us about.

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