Tag Archives: Kyrgyzstan

snow bus

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With my new Uzbek visa in hand, I went to the bus station: I was going to go back to Shymkent, the place where the Caboose was waiting for me: But first I had to wait. So I found a café and did some work: Mostly that meant just replying to tons of emails. I […]


when things go as planned

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Ten in the morning, and I was here: And behind those buildings, the embassy of Uzbekistan: There was no line. No waiting time. No hassle. Just a friendly lady behind a counter who asked me for my paperwork. Her English was better than my Russian. She told me to go to a certain bank and […]


wait, please!

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Tried to get my visa for Uzbekistan today. First the dudes working at the hotel reception helped me call the Uzbek embassy to ask for an appointment. I had all the necessary paperwork and a Letter Of Invitation: “Please call back at four!” we were told. It was ten in the morning. So I waited. […]


soup makes happy

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I had arrived in Bishkek late at night. And by “late at night” I mean “early in the morning”. So I slept a little, and when I woke up I looked out of the window and saw the snow in the light of day: I went outside looking for food: It was cold but not […]


beautiful from above

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Got up, had breakfast, went down to the metro: Reached the airport in time. Everything went smoothly: I took a plane to Istanbul: And another one to Bishkek: It was a low-cost airline where you had to pay extra for food and drinks on the plane. There was no onboard entertainment system. The seats seemed […]


flying is bad for the environment

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Took a plane today. Felt terrible about it. First of all I wanted to keep walking. The weather was good. My legs were good. My back was good. Everything was good. But I had to go back to Germany. My new book was out (which was great), and I had to promote it (which was […]


rest

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Stayed one day in Bishkek. Rested. Updated the blog. Rested. Prepared for my flight home. Rested. Went shopping. Rested some more: And then I decided it was time for a rest.


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.


leap of elegance

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Woke up with a sore back and left the hotel. Everyone was still asleep, and the place had a sort of classy feel to it: Then I made my way through the border: I can’t show you any photos of the border controls, because they don’t like being photographed or filmed there. I can only […]


the operator

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Woke up in my tiny room: Or the hole as I liked to call it. Then I said good-bye to the friendly ladies who worked at the hotel and stepped out of its main entrance: I was relieved to be outside again. The air was fresh, and there were people around: This was going to […]


more mosques less pictures

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I was going to post a lot of pictures today. Alas, something seems to be wrong with the blog. I upload photos, and they disappear. Not all of them, but many. Guess I’ll just post the ones that somehow made it through. Not sure what this is going to mean for the future, though. Anyway, […]


shower of the avantgarde

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I didn’t leave right away. Instead I went to a bazaar to find a new stool to sit on: My old one (both of them actually, the green one and the blue one) had finally succumbed to my weight after eight years. So I roamed Osh Bazaar for a little while: Until I found one: […]


under the world

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Had a day of phone calls and writing today: Then I wandered around downtown for a little while: Until I arrived at a post office: It seemed a bit less fancy than the post office in Almaty: First there was a corridor: Then a room with a big world map: I mailed one little notebook […]


what happens in spring

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Sunlight, finally. So I did a little bit of walking around downtown: Bishkek hadn’t changed: It was still a place of many monuments: But since it wasn’t raining and the sky was blue, there was a lot more going on outside on the streets than before: The city had turned from a grey area into […]


Kirghizia

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Another day of rain: I decided to stay in. Hung out in a cafeteria place that belonged to the hostel: Had lunch and dinner there: Bishkek was out there. Kyrgyzstan was out there. But I wasn’t hurried. I had been to Kyrgyzstan before, in the late summer of 2014: Bishkek: Kaji-Say on the southern shore […]


Amy

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It was still raining. Drip, drip, drip, it went, drippity-drip-drip-drip. I decided to venture downtown anyway. I wanted to find a place to get some work done. On my way I walked past a car that had Chinese characters on the window: They were upside down. Downtown turned out to be grey: This seemed to be […]


Snickers for President, Medunok for VP

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When I stepped out from the door today, there was a grey sky that was hanging low over Bishkek. And it seemed to be leaking water: I went back in. But not without buying some candy first: This one is called Medunok Медунок, and it is awesome: I think it’s about as good as Snickers. […]


Bishkek

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It had been such a good night: a quiet room, a hot shower, a comfy bed. I almost didn’t want to leave. But leave I did. The Caboose had been staying out here, in the backyard of the hotel: We made our way through Korday, the border town. It had a movie theater: It had […]


papyrophobia

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I rarely say this, but today was not nice. It all had to do with bureaucracy. The thing is, I am on a 30-day visa here in Kazakhstan. This visa was going to run out on the 27th of August. Today being the 23rd, I figured I would not be able make it to the […]