Best (and Worst) of Kyrgyzstan

This is our choices for the best and worst moments of our 26 days Kyrgyzstan. We've also put together a gallery of our favourite photos which you can visit here here.

Our FAVOURITE Cities/Towns
According to Yann:
1- Bishkek
2- Karakol
According to Emilie:
1- Cholpon-Ata
2- Bishkek

Our FAVOURITE Activities
According to Yann:
1- Doing nothing at Song Kol Lake
2- The museum scene (especially in Bishkek)
3- Dodging militsia (police)
According to Emilie:
1- Hanging out with other travellers in Bishkek
2- Bishkek museum hopping
3- Searching for petroglyphs at the outdoor museum in Cholpon-Ata

According to Yann:
1- Pelmeni in a pot (raviolis baked with cheese, cream and garlic)
2- Cheese-stuffed samosas
3- Beef 'burgers' from Bishkek street stands
4- Cheap vodka
According to Emilie:
1- Smoked fish from Issyk Kul Lake
2- Pelmeni in a pot (from Zarina's Cafe, Karakol)
3- Ice cream in Bishkek, dipped in peanuts and walnuts and squirted with chocolate syrup

Honourable Mention: We have baptised it 'Kyrgyz Poutine': marinated beef and onions, topped with french fries, tomatoes, mayonnaise and cheese and cooked in a pot. Hilariously it was called 'beef a la Francaise' in the menu, apparently anything containing french fries and mayonnaise in Central Asia is 'a la Francaise'.

According to Yann and Emilie:
1- 'Fat' soup (broth with big chunks of fat floating in it)
2- 'Fat' dumplings (dumplings containing some meat, but mostly fat)
3- Animal fat in general
Note: Most things that might have appeared on this list we generally were not courageous enough to try, such as Kymyz (fermented mare's milk) or dried yogurt balls, a very popular snack.

Biggest Rip-Offs
According to Yann and Emilie:
1- Taxis, to anywhere where there isn't much local transportation
2- Homestays, over-priced and not too 'homey"
3- Internet by the 'MB' used, impossible to determine your usage and at least three times more expensive than when you pay by the hour

Kyrgyz Travel Trademarks
According to Yann and Emilie:
- White beards (elders)
- Tall Kyrgyz hats warn by men mostly on the countryside
- Horseback riding and donkey riding by the little guys
- Livestock on roads
- Cheap vodka
- Corrupt militsia

For those interested in our expenses, we have updated our homepage with our financial information for Kyrgyzstan, it is available here

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