Around Issyk Kul

Cholpon Ata 1605 m June 22, 2015 Issyk Kul is huge – some 170 kms in length and 70 kms in breadth, it feels more like a sea than a lake. Riding in  marshrutka along the road bordering the north shore, it is impossible to see the south shore. From Bishkek, the road headed east, … More Around Issyk Kul

First Impressions

Osh, Kyrgyzstan June 18, 2015 Crossing  the border from Dostyk in Uzbekistan to Osh in Kyrgyzstan, I was struck with the abrupt change. Usually when crossing a land border, the change is minimal which  is completely is the same peoples, the same culture, the same food that greets one, the border merely a political … More First Impressions

All About Almaty

Almaty, Kazakhstan May 22, 2015 I am in a mild state of shock. I am not quite sure what I expected of Almaty, but it is not these wide boulevards, tall chrome and glass skyscrapers, swanky cars and glitzy shopping arcades with smatterings of posh cafes, bars and restaurants. Perhaps most of all, I had … More All About Almaty

Off to Central Asia

May 19, 2015 I was wearing a neck brace (thanks to a recently acquired herniated disc), baggy clothes several sizes too large (erring on the side of caution in Islamic countries) and carrying an arsenal of pain medications including prescription narcotics. I could have made a healthy living peddling medicines in any part of the … More Off to Central Asia

Ways of a Wanderlust

At the top of the list are countries in Central Asia that I will be traveling in this summer. Stay tuned for posts & photos beginning May 19th, 2015. Someone I met recently told me on a  mildly annoyed note that although Afghanistan leads the list of countries, it is blank. “Well”, I explained, “I … More Ways of a Wanderlust