Tag Archives: Kyrgyzstan

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 […]


independence day

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One of the most important things for me while I’m on the road is making sure my footage is secure. I try to do this by saving all of it on these 512GB SD-cards that I send home once they’re full: This is what I did today. Oh, and the friendly people at the dental […]


the filling

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I don’t even know if it’s called a “filling” or whatever. But something had been installed in one of my teeth a while ago by my dentist. And that something fell out last night when I was flossing. Fuggidifuck, I thought. So I picked up my Iranian visa, and then I went to the First […]


misogynist beats racist

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When I went and had breakfast this morning, I was surprised to see that the Mayweather-McGregor fight was on. Wasn’t it supposed to be a PPV thing? Well, here it was apparently on regular-ass tv. A couple of dudes were watching the fight: Later, some more dudes appeared, and we all found out that the […]


the v needs pickles

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It was the weekend, so I decided to take it easy and walk around town for a while. Bishkek, like many other places, seemed to look best in late summer, when it could show off its parks: It reminded me a lot of that time I had been here three years earlier, in the summer […]


Gotdog

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I went on my second visa run today. With both Uzbek and Turkmen visas in my passport, all I had to do was get an Iranian one, and I would be good to go. So I took a cab downtown, and then I started walking around: The Iranian Embassy had me go to some bank […]


visa bozo

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I wanted to get my Turkmen visa as soon as possible. So I got up early and flagged down a cab. Urmat, the driver, was a friendly guy who spoke good English. He took me to the Turkmen Embassy, but we arrived there an hour early (they opened at 10am). So we figured we might […]


out the door

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So I packed all my stuff together: Well, not all of it. I left some things in the room: a large towel, an inflatable mattress, a candle, a box of wash powder, a box of matches, the melon ball, a plastic cup, a 5-liter container of water. And then I was out the door: Into […]


Bye Issyk-Kul

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What a hangover… I was hardly able to move until late in the afternoon. Then I went out to say good-bye to the lake. I knew I was going to miss this place: I decided that eating was a good remedy against a hangover. So I went to the usual place and ordered the usual: […]


The Longest Party

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I felt good again. So I drank some more of my medicine: Just to be sure. And then I ventured out into the sun. This was when I found out that my usual way down to the beach was blocked: A construction site of sorts. Maybe a new sanatorium? I managed to find a way […]


PLESE!

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I had said everything I had wanted to say: Or at least I had tried: My application for an LOI, a Letter Of Invitation, from Turkmenistan was in the works, and all I could do at this point was hope that it would pass. Because no LOI meant no visa. Simple as that. I was […]


the last letter

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Okay, this is going to be the last one of my letter-selfies: The writing is on the forehead, so to speak. Except of course that I missed an e, and so it ended up spelling: “DEAR TURKMENISTAN PLESE GIVE ME A VISA THAAAAAAAAAANKS” Anyway. I did another taste test today, this time with Chalap, which […]


sunset with Priscilla

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I decided to take a selfie with a lemon today: At this point, I was having a lemon and a spoon of honey every single day. Sometimes I’d mix it up and not add vodka to my secret medicine, though: I think alcohol is like religion: it’s fun if you don’t overdo it. I spent […]


my dangling friend

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Another day with my scarf. I don’t know if you’ve noticed (maybe you don’t even care anymore), but the letters are reaching an end now: That’s right: N. Took another sunset timelapse today: And I wasn’t alone: I decided to name her Priscilla. She was keeping mosquitos and bugs away from me. So we were […]


artsy-fartsy

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My eyes were looking better. Much better actually: So I figured that the secret medicine must have worked. It seemed only logical to make more: Later that day, I went outside and had a bowl of spicy soup: It was very good, that soup. And on the way back I took an artsy-fartsy picture of […]


secret medicine

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So I was told to put on a scarf. But I didn’t have a scarf. I mean I had one, but it was in the Caboose in Marguba’s restaurant on the border of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. So I wrapped a towel around my neck: And then I made some medicine: Fresh lemon juice, honey, jasmin […]


hi or bye

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I was only slightly surprised this morning when I found out that I looked even shittier than the day before: I mean, having bloodshot eyes after drinking too much tequila is one thing. But staying in bed all day and still looking like this? It wasn’t fair. There were indicators that things were slowly turning […]


symptoms of influenza may include

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My physical deterioration was still ongoing: You know what they say about the flu, though: take some medication, and you’ll be fine after a week, don’t take any medication, and it will take seven days for you to get better. Or something like that. Anyway, I figured I was just going to rest a lot, […]


shooting stars

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My cold wasn’t getting any better. Instead, every day seemed to have me looking a bit worse: But I managed to eat almost a whole pizza today: Then I sat down on the balcony and looked at the sunset: Took a little timelapse of it, too: And since one year had passed since the last […]


empty plate win

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I had tried having some food the day before. Went to a restaurant. Ordered the usual. Took a few bites. Then had to stop. I wasn’t ready yet. So today, having had a semi good night’s sleep, I was looking forward to eating. I took my selfie: Then I went back to bed and worked […]