“Starbucks with Soul” in Bishkek

Sierra Café Hours: Weekdays 7:30am-11:00pm, Friday and Saturday open all night Address: Manas 57/1, between Toktogul and Kiev (left of Russian Embassy) Telephone: 0312-31-15-06-06 Website: http://www.sierra.kg/en/cafe Ever notice how when you go abroad, all of a sudden your eating habits change and you start craving things you never craved before? I do. For me, when […]

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A Taste of the Korean Diaspora in Bishkek

Hoban Restaurant/Кафе “Хобан” ул. Фрунзе, 539 Price: Lunch Buffet = 250 som Tel: (0312) 32-31-47 Buffet hours: 11:30am-2:30pm weekdays Restaurant hours: 9:00am-9:00pm everyday Back home in the District of Columbia, one of my favorites eateries is a small Indian grocery store/café that offers a $6 buffet. Yep, you heard me right, a $6 buffet. And […]

Kyrgyz Film Showing at Cosmopark Theater in Bishkek

Kyrgyz Film Showing at Cosmopark Movie Theater in Bishkek Director and Producer: Ruslan Akun Release Date: February 14, 2013 Genre: Social Drama, Comedy Cost of Movie Ticket: 130 som For those still nursing roses (or wounded hearts) from this past Valentines’ Day, fear not: Love is still in the air — that is, if you […]

Circus in Bishkek

“Moscow Oceanarium” / Московский Океариум January 26-February 17, 2013 Saturday and Sundays, 12:00pm and 4:00pm Price: 500 som – 700 som http://circus.312.kg/ On Sunday afternoon, my London School colleagues and I caught the last day showing of the circus that has been in town the past month, the “Moscow Oceanarium.” I have been looking forward […]

Chinese-Kyrgyz Photography Exhibit in Bishkek

Песнь о земле. Китай. / Song of the Earth. China. С 4 фебрвля до 14 фебрвля Зал Союза художников КР им. С. Чуйкова “Добрый Парк” http://confederation-art.ru Cost: Free Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm, Monday: Closed For those interested in a Kyrgyz-Chinese narrative that does not include the geo-political centric words, “China’s economic expansion,” “China’s competition with […]

Faiza: Traditional Central Asian Food in Bishkek

Фаиза/Faiza Restaurant 157a Mederova Street, near the intersection with Baitik Baatura/Sovyetskaya
 Meals for $5

 This restaurant is easily the best place near the London School that serves regional food. Faiza offers both table service and takeout, which helps a lot given that there are often no vacant tables at 5 or 6pm on a weekday. […]

National History Museum in Bishkek

National Historical Museum in Bishkek Ala-Too Square Entrance Fee: 75 soms ($1.50) for one person One of the best places to visit first in Bishkek is the History Museum in Ala-Too Square. A tour of the museum gives you a quick overview of Kyrgyz history from the Stone Age to the present, and there are […]

Cheap Eats in Bishkek: Begemot

Begemot Kiosk, intersection of Gorkovo and Batik-Baatyra/Sovyetskaya Meals for ~$3.25 After spending enough time in a place like Kyrgyzstan, one thing I (and perhaps many visitors) begin to miss is a good ol’ AMERICAN burger and fries and Coca-Cola. While many of the fast food places in Bishkek do sell a “гамбургер,” which is often […]

Kyrgyzstan, A Love Story II: Immigrating to America

This is the second of a two part series. Read part one here. Living on opposite sides of the world, it would seem unlikely that I, a small-town American girl, would even meet my future husband, Rakhat, who is from a small village in Kyrgyzstan. However, as it happened, Peace Corps volunteers lived with his […]

Kyrgyzstan, A Love Story

During the spring semester of 2008, I decided to study abroad in the rustically beautiful country of Kyrgyzstan. Many would be surprised at my exotic choice of destination (which is actually increasingly popular among SRAS students). However, what really set my study abroad experience apart from the ordinary was me. For I was not only […]

Baruch M. Gurfein: New Tech in Moldova

Baruch M. Gurfein is a former AOL business development executive (ICQ) who is now Founding Partner & CEO at New Tech, a successful investment and business development company. New Tech has focused on the former USSR from Moldova on one side to Kyrgyzstan on the other with many successful projects in telecom, infrastructure and real […]

Sheep Guts Won’t Kill You: A Guide to Seeing the Kyrgyzstan that Most People Don’t (Part II)

This is the second of a two-part series. Read part one here Naryn: Work the System Some people I talked to suggested that Naryn was the most Kyrgyz of all the provinces. Most of the country’s Uzbek population lives south of this province, and the Russians tended to keep to the northern areas. In fact, […]

Sheep Guts Won’t Kill You: A Guide to Seeing the Kyrgyzstan that Most People Don’t

I’m an anthropologist. Actually, I’m still a year of fieldwork and a dissertation away from getting my Ph.D., so that makes me an anthropologist-in-training. In September 2007, I will move to Central Asia to study the ways people think about things like their ethnic group and their religion, and how that affects their participation in […]

Culture Shock: A Kyrgyz in the States

The more a person knows, the more he or she is supposed to learn and be shocked by his/her discoveries. Before coming to the United States, I got in touch with some people who had been to America. They frequently warned me about a big sort of monster named “Culture Shock” which they had faced in […]

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