Sunday, August 9, 2009

Bishkek, the Capital of Kyrgyzstan

When waiting for our departure into China, we spend a couple of days in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Unlike in Uzbekistan where all obvious memorabilias of the Communists have been demolished, quite a few Lenin statues are found around in the squares of the Kyrgyz main city.

Bishkek was a pleasant stop-over: small, leafy and with good dining options. The broad lanes are relatively quiet and there are many old houses and remnants from the soviet days. We got "lucky" finding accommodation, as it is really scarce on the budget level. Only drawback was one of our Japanese dorm-mates tendency to snore louder than a saw-mill. The guesthouse was called Sakura's guesthouse and is featured in the Lonely Planet - it was quite full at all times it seems, as it is one of the better options at budget prize.

As in Uzbekistan, the travellers you meet here are definitely not the gap-year-khao-san-road type; many are long time travelers, with very different backgrounds, nationality and age, each with whom you can share experiences from past shared destinations and whom can lure you into a change of travel-plans with good advice or tales of unheard of places.

1 comment:

  1. Watermelons and Lenin - what more could you want? Ha ha