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So Far So Good in Bishkek

July 19, 2010

This is just a quick note to say I’m all good in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, but the internets are not so I probably will not be posting for a while.  I’ll be in Kyrgyzstan, Western China, Tibet and Nepal over the next 6 weeks.  I also need to catch up on some Turkey posts.  There is a crazy amount to see and do and Istanbul, 4 days was not enough.  My highlight was the Hagia Sophia.  Here is one blurry yet cool shot from the atmospheric Basilica Cistern in Istanbul.

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  1. July 20, 2010 7:30 pm

    Hi Sariah,
    I am happy that you are doing well. Istanbul is definately high on my list to see.
    There are many forward thinking Interior Designers and Artists who are drawing
    on the Old World techniques and projecting them into the future. Perhaps we can
    go back there next trip. I love the photograph.
    Love Auntie Laurie

    • July 23, 2010 4:25 am

      Hi Lauren. The mix of old and new is very interesting in Istanbul. I think in terms of craftmenship, like for example beautiful furniture with mother of pearl inlay made by hand, that Damascus has more to offer than Istanbul / Turkey, because Turkey has become a lot more modernized and has expensive labor, while it’s more common to see people still doing beautiful things by hand in Syria. You can also find beautiful old hand carved and painted doors – I wanted one but can’t really shop on this type of RTW trip. I recommend highly that you go to Damascus! Will have to chat with you about it.

      I definitely need to go back to Istanbul, and would like to go back to Damascus for a week just to shop!

      The mountain scenery in Kyrgyztan is beautiful, and amazing to see a lone yurt in a valley with just their animals – the people are very independant.


  2. July 22, 2010 9:52 pm

    Kyrgyzstan sounds interesting particularly the Nomadic people. There is similiar background
    history to Estonia as it was annexed to Russia until it gained it’s independence in 1991. I will be interested to see the photographs of the people. Have fun stay safe. Auntie Laurie x0

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