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 […]

A Vegan Guide to Bishkek

The first thing to know about Kyrgyz food culture is that it is heavily meat based, due to its nomadic history. It is not impossible to maintain veganism while in Bishkek, but it is difficult, as even vegetarianism is not common here. People assume that it’s purely for diet reasons, rather than ethical or environmental, […]

Ecoland: Health and Specialty Food in Bishkek

In the past I have found health food stores hard to find while traveling off the beaten track…not so in Bishkek. Ecoland is a shop located directly across the road from London School and if you don’t see it, you’ll hear it. Speakers blast feel good music onto the streets from a “cabin in the […]

Souvenir Hunting in Bishkek: A Guide

Wherever you travel, finding souvenirs is likely going to be a part of the journey. Bishkek has many felt and yurt-themed souvenirs that allow you to remember your time in Bishkek fondly. However, Kyrgyzstan, and subsequently Bishkek, aren’t exactly hot tourist spots, so troves where you can find gifts for the whole family are limited. […]

Bishkek Nightclubs: A Guide

Introduction One hot Friday night, a group of fellow students and I made our way to a nightclub. Little did I know I would end up spending each of my subsequent free weekends dancing the night away in various Bishkek nightclubs. They are fun and cheap, so if you go with a group of friends, […]

Kyrgyzstan’s Top Pop From 2017

A popular Russian-language site in Kyrgyzstan, Limon.ru, assembled the following list of Kyrgyzstan’s top native hits for 2017. Бегиш feat. Баястан – «Теке» Мирбек Атабеков – «Жолуктун неге» Нурмат Садыров feat. Баястан – «Табышмак сулуу» Гулназ Чыныбек кызы – «Кайда» Абир Касенов – «Жаным» Айгерим Расул кызы – «Озун эле» Non Stop – «Жаныма кел» […]

Shoro / Шоро

Shoro (Шоро) is the Kyrgyz drink of choice on a hot summer’s day. Considered an affordable, healthy refreshment and thought to improve digestion, Shoro, which means “salty” in Kyrgyz, produces pungent and slightly tangy fermented drinks.  Shoro is a truly self-made brand, built from the ground up. The company began in 1992, when brothers Tebaldi […]

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