Posts Tagged "Kyrgyzstan"

An Artful Home — Kyrgyzstan Yurt Art

I remember the day we purchased this wall hanging in Kyrgyzstan. Wanting to acclimate a bit further before hitting the snow, it was our third day in the country after over 40 hours of traveling to get to Karakol. We had hired Azamat, an English-speaking guide from the area, to drive us around and show us the local culture of the Issyk Kul region. Local kids playing on a sheet of ice: Me, walking from one of the sights… for the life of me, I cannot find a name for this strange, deserted museum/shrine. It was massive – with tributes to…

The Arslanbob Experience – Ski Kyrgyzstan

When Sean tells stories from our trip to Kyrgyzstan, there’s one piece of his account that always makes me smile. He recounts how that trip marked his first time ever riding a horse—let alone riding a horse to access backcountry terrain. I found these photos the other day from our time in Arslanbob, which show us—on horseback—amidst a massive line of children and adults from the village that walk daily to their own backcountry “ski hill” to hike for lines and work on their ski skills. We had gone to this community with the intent to give them backcountry gear…

The “Sunday Market,” redefined

December 29, 2012

On our first morning of exploring, Sean and I went to the Karakol Livestock Market, one of the largest livestock markets in Central Asia. The sun was barely up and there was a slight blue tint to the world as the daylight was breaking. I felt it necessary to edit these photos in black and white, because truly, I felt as if we’d taken a step back in time. Couple that with the fact that we were still experiencing culture shock in a big way and you have a formula for an intense first day. Activity starts in the wee…

As the eagle flies…

December 27, 2012

This is Talgar and his 9-year-old Golden Eagle, Tumara. Talgar is one of only about 50 remaining Eagle Men in Kyrgyzstan. Yes, you read correctly; the job title is actually Eagle Man. Talgar is an Eagle Man by trade, a tradition passed down in his family for generations. Years ago, a village’s Eagle Man was treated like a king. To be able to hunt with one’s eagle meant that one could potentially bring in enough game for an entire village. Today, with the advent of grocery stores and meat markets, eagle men are less relevant. But yet, Talgar is humbled…

The 36-hour Endeavor

December 23, 2012

When I left off, I was saying how we didn’t have any TV entertainment for the whole 10 hour flight… Yeah that was horrible. I don’t consider myself a TV addict or anything… We don’t even have cable at home. But seriously? I hadn’t even packed a book because I was banking on having movies! Oh well– three games of Scrabble, 1 game of Settlers of Catan and lots of staring at the TV screen willing it to work later, we made it. True to airport form, Moscow’s was stifling hot, and again, I found myself stripped down to my…

And so it begins… (with a gaping hole)

December 23, 2012

Holy crap that took forever. I have never spent so much time traveling to get somewhere in all my life. Let me start at the beginning with the first half of the story… Sean and I left Waupaca first thing on Wednesday morning in a rental car we’d picked up from Appleton the night before. We had a smooth drive down to O’Hare in Chicago and flew soon thereafter to New York for an overnight layover. We stayed at the Hampton Inn JFK (pretty decent hotel with nice shuttles). Before we’d even arrived at the hotel though, we noticed that…