We’ve posted quite a bit about Kyrgyzstan, but honestly—with over 5,000 photos, there are so many stories to tell! Let me break it down for those of you who are just joining us (or those of you who are completely confused about our itinerary): We flew into Kyrgyzstan after a layover in NYC followed by 36+ hours of travel/layovers/no sleep. I posted some general pics from that first day, as well as some pictures of the following day when we woke up at the crack of dawn to see the Karakol animal market. I also told you a bit about the Eagle Man. The day after we met the Eagle Man, Sean came down with a serious case of Man Cold.
Yes, Man Cold.
Not an ordinary cold—oh no! Man cold—only bearable by the strongest of men. For Sean, it was debilitating. In all seriousness, the poor guy was down for the count for two solid days. What didn’t help was the culture shock, lack of sleep and lack of a normal diet. Sean proved that one can subside solely on Pringles and carbonated water for two days. We would have had normal bottled water, but we don’t speak or read the Kyrgyz language—thus, we bought six huge bottles of carbonated water instead of still water. Oops! So, we laid low, and lucky for us, had a comfortable guest house to lay low in. For anyone staying in Karakol looking for a comfortable stay where the staff speaks English, there’s internet (albeit pretty slow), they cook their local foods with a comforting western twist—definitely stay at Jamilia’s B&B.
On Man Cold Day Three, Sean and I ventured outdoors to walk around Karakol. This bright turquoise color was extremely common, especially in northern Kyrgyzstan. We’re not sure exactly why.
In the markets, women sell various versions of salad—I loved the bright colors.
I’ve commented before on the architecture in the north of Kyrgyzstan… it’s incredible to see a newer house side by side with these extremely old buildings. People don’t value structural updates the way we do in the west. Our Kyrgyz friend, Kas put it well when he told us that Kyrgyz people—like their nomadic ancestors—are always one day away from picking up their lives and moving. Thus, many don’t invest in structural updates unless the roof actually falls in.