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 […]

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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Bishkek Central Asian Studies Program Review

For the last four months I have lived and studied in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and taken part in SRAS’ Central Asian Studies program. It’s been a whirlwind of classes, trips and local experiences. Here in this article, I’ll be giving a review of it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly! […]

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 Vegan’s Homestay Experience in Bishkek

Wondering about staying with a local family while you’re in Bishkek? Though every family is different, hopefully my experience will give a glimpse into what to expect. As a vegan, I’d also like to share my experience abroad to help other vegans better prepare for their homestays. The House It was early morning when I […]

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 […]

Homestay Experiences in Bishkek and Talas

Bishkek I decided to stay with a local host family in Bishkek to improve my Russian communication skills. My host family has four members, all of whom live on the west side of town. My hosts include the father, mother, their 11-year-old son, and an uncle. Their daughter is currently studying abroad in England, so […]

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