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Sunlight, finally.

So I did a little bit of walking around downtown:


Bishkek hadn’t changed:

well, a monument

It was still a place of many monuments:

monument in Bishkek

But since it wasn’t raining and the sky was blue, there was a lot more going on outside on the streets than before:

when it stops raining

The city had turned from a grey area into a colorful place:

school children

A place of miniature trains:

fun train

A place where the evening light set softly on neon garb…

neon yellow

…and on dudes on horseback:

important dude

There was a monument for the victims of the revolution in 2010:

monument for the victims of the revolution

And there was the White House of Bishkek, the presidential office building:

Bishkek's White House

People said that it was from sniper positions on top of this building that many of the 2010 protestors had been shot.

But today, Bishkek was calm.

I walked around until it got dark:

old building

And while I was doing that, I thought of something that a Kyrgyz journalist had said to me the last time I was here:

street shop

“Revolutions don’t happen in summer or in fall”, he had told me, “because it’s warm then and the people have too many things to do.”

nightly business

A sigh.

“Revolutions happen in spring, right after the worst days of winter, when the heating has been off a few times and the people have had some time to think and get angry.”

Well, here’s to the people of Kyrgyzstan, who are bravely trying democracy while everybody else around them is under some sort of dictatorship.

I wish them the best of luck.

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