Author: Mikaela Peters

Coffee Shops: The Best in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Coffee culture has come to Bishkek! The Kyrgyz are becoming more discerning consumers and this can be seen in its developing food and beverage business. Below are a few of the best coffee shops in Bishkek that SRAS students have enjoyed and would like to tell you about!   Sierra Coffee 57/1 Manas Ave   […]

Guide to Running in Bishkek

Running in Bishkek isn’t always easy. The most difficult thing is that there are no truly pedestrian roads for running. A bike trail was recently built at the south side of town, but it’s not very extensive. Therefore, like anything that doesn’t already have infrastructure in place, there is not a culture surrounding urban running, […]

Central Asia’s Got Talent

The London School, where the SRAS students in Bishkek study, is located near a small shopping mall known as the VEFA Center. Due to its proximity, VEFA is where most students do their shopping. It also hosts many rotating attractions, however, in the large presentation space at the main entrance. Sometimes this is marketing for […]

Fitness, Training, and Gyms in Bishkek

There are many ways to stay fit while in Bishkek! Below are suggestions for gyms and training clubs within the city that former SRAS students have recomended.   Top Team Jiu-Jitsu Geological Street, 17 (It’s the first alley on Baatik Baatura after you pass Vefa walking from the School) When I first arrived in Bishkek […]

Beijing Tourist Event in Bishkek’s Dordoi Plaza

Dordoi Plaza opened in Bishkek about a year ago. It’s a shopping mall cousin to Dordoi Bazaar, which is Central Asia’s largest bazaar and owned by the same Kyrgyz company. Bishkek has seen several new malls opened in the past couple of years. Dordoi Plaza is the newest of them all and is located in […]

Trotsky/Троцкий

Троцкий (Trotsky) is an eight-episode TV mini-series featuring the life of Leon Trotsky, a Russian Marxist revolutionary and Soviet politician. It was directed by Alexander Kott and Konstantin Statsky and stars Konstantin Khabensky as Leon Trotsky, who was effectively reprising a role he created and first performed more than a decade ago in biographic series […]

Silver Spoon/Мажор

The Russian-language version of Мажор premiered on December 15, 2014 on First Channel, Russia’s most-watched television channel. It was later picked up by Netflix and released in the fall of 2016 under the name Silver Spoon. The first two seasons are currently available there, both with English subtitles. It was the first Russian-produced TV show […]

Russia’s Top Movies: July 2019

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in […]

Nashe Radio Top 5: July 2019

Nashe Radio plays popular music that isn’t quite “pop.” What’s big in Russian-language rock, rap, punk, R&B, and alternative? Nashe Radio’s all-Russian and eclectic playlist can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Russian music site. Here’s how the lineup […]

Russkoe Radio Top 5: July 2019

Russkoe Radio plays pop music exclusively in Russian. What’s big in Russian-language pop and dance music? Russkoe Radio’s pop playlists can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Russian music site. Here is their lineup from July 26, 2019: 1. […]

Poland’s Top Polish Music: July 2019

Radio Zet is one of Poland’s most popular pop music stations. What’s big in Polish-language adult contemporary, dance, and easy-listening? Radio Zet’s playlist can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what’s at the top of their charts, with YouTube videos and links to our Polish music site. With a few hits from the […]