Monthly Archives: August 2010

10 Years and 2 Revolutions Later…

The last time I lived in Kyrgyzstan was in 1999-2000 while I was conducting research for my undergrad thesis at Hampshire College*. The 1990s was a really horrible time for people living in the former Soviet Union. Currencies were devalued … Continue reading

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The Greenest City in Asia

Bishkek has often billed itself as “the greenest city in Asia.” There is a lot of truth in the claim. The Soviet-style north-south, east-west grid of the city is punctuated by large, lush parks that intersect with government buildings, apartment … Continue reading

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Trekking Towards the East – On the Road to the Fieldsite

Flights directly to Kyrgyzstan are expensive. In fact, I found that I would be spending the same price to hopscotch across Europe visiting old friends and attending weddings as I would buying a simple flight from NYC to Bishkek. Over … Continue reading

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