The Do’s and Please Dont’s of Turkmenistan

Let’s face it everyone, Turkmenistan has a reputation that precedes it. The country has often been associated with the trope of the eccentric “hermit kingdom.” Characteristics such as extreme cults of personality surrounding their leaders, isolationism, strict control of all information within the country by the government, downright bizarre laws and a high functioning propaganda […]

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Mikhail Frunze Museum in Bishkek

Mikhail Frunze Museum/Музей М. В. Фрунзе 346 ул. Фрунзе Open Wednesday-Monday, 10-17:30 Tickets: Adults 25 som, Students 15 som, Foreign Visitors 50 som, Russian Excursion Service 30 som, English Excursion Service 50 som Bishkek hasn’t always been called Bishkek. The city situated in the Chui valley of northern Kyrgyzstan went by the name “Pishpek,” during the […]

Happy Nooruz from Bishkek!

Happy Nooruz! As soon as I knew I’d be spending time in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, I asked Google about the national holidays that would happen during my stay. Google gave me a neat little list of holidays that were mostly familiar — except for one: March 21, Nooruz. Nooruz (also Nowruz, Novruz, or Naw Rúz), which […]

Oak Park in Bishkek

Oak Park – Open Air Sculpture Museum / Дубовый Парк – Музей скульптури под открытым небом Абдумомунова, между Раззакова и Тыныстанова Open all hours The other day on a run, I got lost. Normally, getting a little turned around isn’t a big deal, but normally I’m not on my third day in a new city in […]

Honey Market – Kyrgyz Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek

Honey Market Kyrgyz Museum of Fine Arts 196. Советская Museum hours are 10:00-13:00 or 14:00-18:00 depending on the day. The honey market is a seasonal event. It doesn’t run all day, usually starting late morning and finishing in the mid to late afternoon Its funny, during the week I function well on very little sleep, […]

Rock Bar Zeppelin in Bishkek

Рок-Бар Цеппелин/ Rock Bar Zeppelin http://vk.com/rock.bar.zeppelin 43 пр. Чуй doors open usually 2-3 hours before set starts, in my case 8:30, and go on until set is finished entrance fee less than $5 I will start  by saying that if I had to guess places on earth that I would most likely see a Bob […]

The Ala Too Cinema in Bishkek

Ала Тоо Кинотеатр/Ala Too Cinema Cinematica.kg 187 пр. Чуй hours depend on movie times, usually starting in the early afternoon and finishing in the late evening Movies for less than $5 Hello, and welcome to Bishkek. I just arrived here a few days ago for my semester abroad, and I already love this city. On […]

Restaurant Hawaii in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

One of the most bizarre restaurants I have ever been to in Kyrgyzstan is called “Restaurant Hawaii,” a dining destination outside of Bishkek in a small town called Tokmok. For most people, this restaurant is one of three reasons to visit Tokmok, an otherwise sleepy, dilapidated, still-Soviet-looking town. The other two reasons to visit are […]

What Bishkek Eats for Ramadan

Well, Bishkek, it’s the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting from sunrise to sunset. This year, the holy month starts July 9th, coinciding with watermelon season in Kyrgyzstan. Ramadan also coincides with the dog days of summer, when the days are at their longest, temperatures are at their highest, and beach season at […]

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