Tag Archives: bus ride

fear smothered in cake

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I wasn’t going to fly to Tashkent if I could avoid it. You might remember how I suddenly came to the realization that flying was bad for the environment a while ago. But I hated buses. So I decided to go to Almaty and take a train to Tashkent from there. Only first I went […]


almost too dark

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When I woke up in the morning, I apologized in case I had been snoring all night. One could never know. The others said it was alright, and I left, not knowing if “alright” meant that I hadn’t been snoring or that they simply didn’t mind. Then I went and took care of my things, […]


in the snorm

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I got a call today that prompted me to go back to Bishkek and take care of some business. So I took my daily photo: And then I showered, put on some fresh clothes, grabbed my toothbrush and a candy bar, and then I stepped out the door. I came back five minutes later and […]


when KFC is new

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Got a pen today: A big fat permanent marker. Then I took a marshrutka back to Bishkek: I had some business left to take care of. I’ll tell you more about it later. And while I was in a shopping mall looking for a spoon and a pack of good green tea, I noticed this: […]


back to Kaji-Say

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Got into another marshrutka today: It was going to take me into the mountains and up to lake Issyk-kul. The ride took four hours, and this was my view out of the window: We stopped only once on our way up: And then I was finally there, in Kaji-Say, a small village on the Southern […]


a ride through last September

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I grabbed my stuff and went to the bus station. Having taken the marshrutka to the Kyrgyz border several times before, I knew my way around pretty well. But I was surprised to find these posters advertising the border area of Khorgas (the one that I had previously crossed on my shitty little bicycle) as […]


sunflower seeds on the bus

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Had breakfast in Shymkent: Then I stored my Caboose at the hotel and went to the bus station: I took an overnight ride to Bishkek: I had a lot of sunflowers seeds on that bus. We stopped three times. The first time it was interesting: The other times not so much.


planes, trains and automobiles

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We only had half a day, but Lei Sheng made sure we didn’t waste it. He took us to the oil city of Dushanzi 独山子, one of the richest places in the country, complete with sporting facilities: And I mean awesome sporting facilities: Lei Sheng had a Taekwondo school there: Then we said our good-byes […]