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Changing of the gaurds in central Bishkek Kyrgystan

The Lonely Planet Book that we have has a quote within and it reads, "Things change - prices go up, schedules change, good places go bad and bad places go bankrupt - and nothing stays the same."  For the most part we have stumbled into great people, terrific weather, and fortuitous timetables.  Our luck had run out.  More about that later.....

 

After a few days of R and R in Bishkek where our main priority was to locate and acquire an Uzbek visa, neither of us was particularly interested in visiting any of the museums and stuff in Kyrgystan.  In the middle of town and the immediate area are the large museums and state owned buildings, the parliamentary building known as the white house, guards stood by the Kyrgys flag in the square and were relieved every hour by way of pomp and ceremony.

Changing of the gaurds in central Bishkek Kyrgystan
  Took some photos of the relief coming in, dressed in military dress outfits, rifles in hand kicking their legs up above their heads and most importantly managing to keep a straight face.  

 

All around Bishkek were cafes, which are like beer halls/restaurants/food stalls/night clubs/fashion parades.  We located and dined at one such fine establishment.   I ate a tasty stroganoff, with a side order of rice incorporating peas and corn, with chocolate ice cream and strawberries for desert and a beer or two to cleanse the palate.    The food was excellent, maybe a little more expensive than what we were used to though - about $8 AUD all up for me, but who can complain really.

 

Also included in the bill is every conceivable item that has ever graced it's presence on your table including the 4 pieces of chewing gum placed on the plate that the bill arrives on.

Central Bishkek Kyrgystan
 

 

For the entertainment we had a fantastic live band, which comprised a highly organised backing tape, a multitude of heavy duty speakers set at a volume that would level small buildings, and the alternate male/female singers.  Oh and did I mention the semi naked floor shows that were tasteful, compiled to the latest top 10 Russian tunes/James bond or perhaps a remixed Boney M CD.  If only they would play more of the Village people I would have got up on stage - not !  Also there was the bevy of beauties that partook in the fashion shows which displayed scantly clad women in the latest fashions.  I must at this point just let you know mum and dad that I can see why guys import brides from the former Soviet Union, not that I am trying to prepare you or anything - I don't think dad's ticker is up to that.

Suburbs of Bishkek Kyrgystan
 

 

The entire city is one giant vodka/beer drinking club, with slightly more liberal dress codes for the girls and drivers who are future formula one or get-away drivers for a bank job. 

 

As for sport, the Kyrgystanis play football aka soccer, athletics, polo with a goat’s head, oldies play some sort of cards/board games.  The general accommodation is typically uninspiring though, as you would expect: just large 6 story rectangular complexes all facing in on each other in some cases , or the "ginger bread " houses as they are known, like a little  1930's worker’s cottage back home. 

 

 

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Central Bishkek Kyrgystan
Central Bishkek Kyrgystan
Suburbs of Bishkek Kyrgystan
Suburbs of Bishkek Kyrgystan
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