Author: Mikaela Peters

Running in Bishkek

Most things are significantly cheaper in Bishkek than America – gym memberships are not. Monthly memberships at a Planet Fitness back home can be had for as little as $9.99. In Bishkek, a month at a no-frills gym with little equipment will start at 1000 soms ($14). A decent gym will cost at least $30-$50 […]

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 […]

On the Wake Extreme Sports Center in Bishkek

Thanks to a couple of local friends, I had the opportunity to check out an extreme sports place called On the Wake, which I don’t think I would have ended up finding otherwise. I was told by my friends that this was an indoor trampoline park, which was true, but there was also a lot […]

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 […]