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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An Extended Trip to Uzbekistan from Bishkek

As part of the SRAS’ Central Asian Studies program, I had the opportunity to travel around Central Asia, seeing Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan along the way. In this article, I’m going to write about Uzbekistan as I was there for the longest (about six days). Uzbekistan is also a country that holds a very special […]

A Weekend in Talas from Bishkek

Talas is a small town in the countryside of Kyrgyzstan, situated in a rural, mountainous region. For the opportunity to meet locals and learn about Kyrgyz folklore, this trip is ideal. The London School and SRAS organized a weekend trip for us. They took care of everything – transfer, packed lunches on the road, home-stay, […]

A Guide to Settling into Bishkek

So, you’ve arrived and are excited to jump right into experiencing a new culture…but you’re hazy with jet lag, adjusting to new surroundings and not sure what to expect from the next few days. Here, I’ll share my experience of arriving into Bishkek and give you some tips on how to settle in as painlessly […]

A Weekend Excursion in Issyk-Kul

Just a few hours after stepping off the plane, I was whisked away on an excursion to Issyk-Kul. I found myself on a van full of students I didn’t know, but with whom I quickly became friends. The ride out to the Issyk-Kul region was a long four hours over bumpy roads with a driver […]

Home Sweet Yurt

Yurts are felt-covered, portable housing that have long been used throughout Central Asia. Although the region is urbanizing, the Kyrgyz still know and follow the traditional customs that surround the traditional yurt. Hospitality is revered in the traditionally poor country of Kyrgyzstan. As soon as they see a new arrival, neighbors will come to meet […]

Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan Glaciers and Vodka Baths A Review of Kyrgyz Summer Adventure, an SRAS educational program One of my absolute favorite things about travelling is the sensations one experiences when waking up and falling asleep in a foreign country. While not thoroughly confusing, it is disorienting enough to give one a pleasant reminder […]

Kyrgyz Horse Games – a Day Trip from Bishkek

National Kyrgyz Horse Games / Националные конно-спортивные игры Address: Ипподром near Cholpon-Ata on Issyk-Kul Free This year elections for the Issyk-Kul region were coming. This does not affect life much as a temporary student in Kyrgyzstan except that it means that the Бир Бол political party set up the Horse Games with free entrance for anyone! […]

Making Lagman in Bishkek

One of the cultural classes we have done with SRAS is a cooking class. In the cooking class we were taught how to make Lagman, one of the main dishes of the shepherding cultures of Central Asia. It is a good, filling, and simple dish perfect for life in the mountains or for a lunch […]

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