My crazy idea for my 2012 trip was to visit Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. When people ask me, where are going next? I can feel like they panic, put their hand on the head and start to convince me that I am crazy and what I am going to do there...
Here are my answer to them:
- It's not Afghanistan, it's Kyrgyzstan! In that area, all countries finishing with "stan" become really infamous...Ok, It's not where I will send my children to a school camp...But still, there are many differences between Pakistan, Afghanistan and where I want to go.
- They speak Russian: As stated in my bucket list, n11, learning Russian is one of my objectives in life. Being a fluent speaker of 6 of the main European languages, Russian will be the last remaining in Europe. In Киргизия, you might get the chance to learn it!
- Being a city and beach person, I am not that used to enjoy the mountains and trekking. Kyrgyzstan is far away from the sea (not counting the lake Issyk-kul (hot lake in Turkic language, but it wasn't hot enough when I get there!)) and cities are not that develop as European or North America standards, so I will take the opportunity to enjoy the virgin nature of the mountains.95% of the country are mountains! Just what I need!
- They are Visa free! From 31st of July, they became visa free for many European countries if you stay in the country less than 60 days.
- The ethnicity of the inhabitants seems quite exciting for me. They are oriental mixed with Russian (some of them with fair eyes) and they are also Muslim, a quite interesting combination.
|Photo courtesy of www.unaff.org|
But of course, the main reason is this:
Shiho, my Rosario! Without her doing a volunteer program for 2 years in Issyk-kul, I most probably wont have a clue about where in the world is Kyrgyzstan.
|With Shiho in a shrine in Tokyo.|
Have you ever though about visiting this beautiful Central Asian country? There are many more reasons that I found later on when I went there.