AMA #3: “Give us a quick breakdown and overview of the food in each of the countries visited, please?”
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AMA #2: Unforgettable Memories
AMA #2: “Tell us about unforgettable memories from each country”
AMA #1: The Most Beautiful Smiles
AMA #1: “Where did you see the most beautiful smiles?”
The Hotel Quarantina and Ask Me Anything
Commencing a double-decker quarantine, here’s how I came to be here and what I will be doing in this time. Plus, Ask Me Anything!
Big Up The Banya
As my body is being seared, and in front of me stands a burly Kyrgyz fellow, butt-naked but for his woollen hat, whirling a towel around like a lasso and causing us untold discomfort, it occurs to me I should write about the Russian banya.
See You on the Other Side
I quite often get questioned on how I bid people farewell. Here is why.
Day 1 of 5: Hitchhike and Chirp
The first day from a spontaneous hitchhiking trip across Kyrgyzstan.
Japanese Buddhism in Kyrgyzstan
Utkur knocks the gong, before beginning the mantra, “Naaam-uuuuu-myooooh hoooooo reeeeeng gehhhhhhh kyooooooo”, in a deeply resonant, throaty chant that sends goosebumps shooting down my arms and makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
I spoke to Dima, an Israeli-born Russian who works as a security equipment salesperson in ex-Soviet republics. Dima has spent many of his adult years travelling and spent three of his younger years in hospital after having his arms almost blown off by a shotgun. For that story and for Dima’s thoughts on freedom and lessons learned from his parents, read more below…
I spoke with Oscar, a Spanish 24 year old teacher of world history and bar owner living in Bishkek with his Kyrgyz wife.