Six Western-Style Fast Food Places in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

While abroad, it’s natural to get a bit homesick and start craving the comfort foods we are used to. While we recomended that you dive into the local culture as much as possible, sometimes seeing foreign takes on American classics can be interesting and educational… right? Here’s a list of six fast food places that […]

Kurmanjan Datka: American Students Review a Modern Kyrgyz Film

Kurmanjan Datka is a historical drama about a woman who helped unite Kyrgyzstan’s fourty tribes into a nation to fight the invading Russian forces. Recently, a modern film was made of her life and deeds. It is called simply Kurmanjan Datka, although it was released with English subtitles with a second name: Queen of the […]

Five Best Coffee Shops in Bishkek

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. I’ve had more than a semester to explore Bishkek’s many coffee shop offerings, and now present here my list of Bishkek’s five best coffee shops.   #5) Куликовский 41 Gorky […]

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 […]

Best Craft Beer in Bishkek

I come from Montana, which has the 2nd most craft breweries per capita among US states. I proudly carry this new Montana tradition as my own and I’ve been on the lookout to satisfy my craft beer craving while studying in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Luckily, from recommendations and word of mouth, I’ve found several bars in […]

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 […]

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