Author: Mikaela Peters

Travel to Thailand from Bishkek

I didn’t expect that during my time in Bishkek, I would have the opportunity to visit Southeast Asia (although it has long been on my bucket list). Taking a quick look at Google Flights, it appears that a flight from Bishkek to Thailand costs upwards of $800. However, thanks to the invitation from a local […]

Five Best Coffee Shops in Bishkek

Coffee culture has come to Bishkek! The Kyrgyz are becoming more discerning consumers and this can be seen in its developing food and beverage business. I’ve had more than a semester to explore Bishkek’s many coffee shop offerings, and now present here my list of Bishkek’s five best coffee shops.   #5) Куликовский 41 Gorky […]

A Day in Tashkent’s Old City: Travel from Bishkek with SRAS

As part of SRAS’s Central Asian Studies program, students had the opportunity to travel to Uzbekistan for a full week. The first day of this week-long expedition began with a half-day tour of Tashkent’s old part of town. We were accompanied by our guide, Donat, or “Don” for short. He had outstanding English, and even […]

The Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Arts in Bishkek

As part of the Central Asian Studies Program, SRAS students took an excursion to The Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Arts in Bishkek. While this wasn’t my first time to the museum, this was my first time with an English-speaking guide who helped us to understand the art that we were looking at. Likewise, the […]

The Museum of Mikhail Frunze in Bishkek

Under the Soviet Union, Bishkek was called Frunze. Mikhail Frunze was a Red Army leader that was instrumental in crushing resistance in Central Asia during the Russian Civil War. In his honor, the city, which had previously been known as Pishpek was renamed Frunze in 1926 when Kyrgyzstan became the Kirgiz (Kyrgyz) Autonomous Soviet Socialist […]

Ne Prosto Orchestra at Bishkek’s Philharmonic

On Friday, September 20, Ne Prosto Orchestra performed at the Bishkek’s Philharmonic. Ne Prosto Orchestra (The Not Just an Orchestra) is based out of Almaty, Kazakhstan. They are a group of young musicians that specialize in playing movie soundtrack scores. Originally put together by a few recent college graduates trying to figure out how to […]

Weekend Trip to Issyk Kul from Bishkek

As part of the cultural program offered to SRAS students studying in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, we visited Lake Issyk Kul. The weekend included various activities including learning to build a yurt (a form of traditional housing). One of the highlights of this trip, however, was having the opportunity to go on a horse trek to the […]

On the Wake Extreme Sports Center in Bishkek

Thanks to a couple of local friends, I had the opportunity to check out an extreme sports place called On the Wake, which I don’t think I would have ended up finding otherwise. I was told by my friends that this was an indoor trampoline park, which was true, but there was also a lot […]

Getting a Massage at Kamin in Bishkek

A former SRAS student in Bishkek took the time to compile a list of best places to go for services as diverse as getting a haircut, getting your nails done, and getting a massage. Some of the services listed are not those that a student would normally just splurge on, but I was intrigued by […]

Day Trip to Issyk-Ata Hot Pools from Bishkek

On Saturday, November 9th, thanks to a few local friends, I had the opportunity to go to Issyk-Ata. This was right around the time when it was beginning to get fairly cold in Bishkek. Therefore, taking a trip out to a hot springs resort, roughly an hour from Bishkek, was a treat. In Kyrgyz, Issyk […]

SRAS Student Trip to Kazakhstan from Bishkek

As part of SRAS’s Central Asian Studies program, students based out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan take a two-week class trip to neighboring Central Asian nations. These countries for Fall, 2019, included Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The portion spent in Almaty, Kazakhstan – just a four-hour drive from Bishkek – was the shortest of these trips and […]

Kashka Soo: Light Hiking Near Bishkek

Bishkek is located in a valley, which means you don’t have to travel too far outside of the city to find a decent place to hike. One quite easy but very scenic hike is Kashka Soo, located at a small suburb of the same name about an hour outside of Bishkek. It features a beautiful […]

Climate Fest in Bishkek

On Friday, September 20, 2019, Climate Fest was held. Millions of people around the world gathered together in support of a cleaner environment. Along with a fellow SRAS student, I attended the event at Bishkek’s Botanical Garden with a group of activists and invitees from the general public. While I personally found out about the […]

Beijing Tourist Event in Bishkek’s Dordoi Plaza

Dordoi Plaza opened in Bishkek about a year ago. It’s a shopping mall cousin to Dordoi Bazaar, which is Central Asia’s largest bazaar and owned by the same Kyrgyz company. Bishkek has seen several new malls opened in the past couple of years. Dordoi Plaza is the newest of them all and is located in […]

How to Train Your Eagle in Kyrgyzstan

SRAS students studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on the Central Asian Studies often have the opportunity to visit Lake Issyk-Kul as part of their program abroad. This semester, the local excursions into the surrounding mountains included a presentation on local traditions surrounding trained eagles. Golden eagles have been used for hunting in Kyrgyzstan for centuries. […]

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