Country Review: Kyrgyzstan

Country Review: Kyrgyzstan

Central Asia and all those ‘Stans seem to be one of the big blind spots on most people’s global maps. While Afghanistan surely evokes most different emotions or even Kazakhstan still creates blurred images of horses and steppe in many, Kyrgyzstan looks...
Street music in Kyrgyzstan

Street music in Kyrgyzstan

Silence. Space. This is how it felt after arriving from New Delhi straight in Kyrgyzstan’s green and pretty relaxed capital of Bishkek. Where are the people? How would busking work if there are barely any pedestrians on the wide streets? It was a wrong first...
Kyrgyzstan on a budget: 2 months with 3$ a day

Kyrgyzstan on a budget: 2 months with 3$ a day

It seems many people are quite focused on figuring out how to make the most possible money before traveling instead of thinking more about how to actually reduce the cost while being on the road. We are asked often how we manage to travel for such a long time without...
How to get Tajik visa in Kyrgyzstan (+GBAO permit)

How to get Tajik visa in Kyrgyzstan (+GBAO permit)

Most nationalities have to obtain a visa for Tajikistan beforehand, especially when traveling overland. The visa is date-specific, that means fix entry and exit dates have to be named when applying. It is still possible to enter the country later or leave earlier than...
How to extend your Kyrgyz visa in Bishkek

How to extend your Kyrgyz visa in Bishkek

A rather small country like it is, the natural beauty is gigantic though and might easily convince you to stay longer than expected. If your passport doesn’t belong to that lucky group, but you travel on a previously applied for, one month tourist visa, you...
Hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan

Hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan

It took us a while to get in the groove of hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan, but in the end we got it! We still feel that it is not our favourite way to travel in that country, mostly because it is one of those places where nearly every kilometer is much too beautiful to be...