Archive sections: ‘Bishkek’

In his Bishkek Handbook, Daniel Prior tells a story about how a nomad shepherd came down from the jailoo to visit Frunze – as Bishkek was known then –  and was so taken with the magnificent sights in the Big City that when he returned home and described all that he had seen, heard and done […]

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 06:00 Comments Off on High rise Bishkek

Edik came bursting in to the hotel … full of indignation. Actually, he came to see me for something else … but the news he carried was all he could think about for some time. “Why are they fencing in the main square?”, he asked. “I don’t know,” I said and went to look at […]

Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Fenced in Museum

The Russian word Gerb is often translated as ‘a Coat of Arms’ … but in heraldry, a coat of arms has a special meaning – relating to the escutcheon (or shield) and tabard (or surcoat) worn by medieval knights going into battle. Another interpretation that is sometimes offered is ‘a seal’ – as in the Great […]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Gerb Goroda

It used to be said that Bishkek was the “Greenest city on Earth” with its parks, tree lined boulevards, open spaces between the apartment blocks … and even in the garden at our hotel in Bishkek, the Silk Road Lodge, we have over 50 trees of different types, sizes and age. This was largely due to […]

Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 06:00 1 comments. »

There are some scenes that are instantly recognizable … the Eiffel Tower, the Collesium in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The houses of Parliament, the Lincoln Memorial … to name just a few.  Bishkek also has it’s distinctive features that are instantly recognizable … one of which is the Ala Too Cinema at the […]

Sunday, March 20th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on Ala Too Cinema …

Everyday I walk from my apartment and the Hotel … and back – some days, several times. It’s not far – and takes about 10 minutes.  The most direct route takes me  through Gorky Park – which is really little more than a square that is criss-crossed by footpaths, separating grassed areas with trees and bushes […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 06:00 2 comments. »

OK … although I do have a mobile phone, it is one of the older models which is basically a communications device – which can be used for telephone conversations and sending short text messages.  (It does have a built in camera – but it is not particularly good.) I don’t have a smart phone […]

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on A Bishkek app

Andy is a great user of Social Media … When he first got a Facebook page, he went looking for ‘friends’ to follow … but, unfortunately most of his ‘local’ friends aren’t on Facebook – they tend to be on Odnoklasniki (Classmates) or Vkontakti – (In touch) – the Russian language clones.  So, he registered […]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on What difference does a letter make?

When I first came here back in the mid 1990’s there were a number of sights that were considered a ‘must’ for any visitor to the country.  One of those was the Frunze Museum … on Frunze Street, … in the city that had, (from 1926 until 1991), been called Frunze. In fact, some people […]

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 06:00 Comments Off on The Frunze Museum

One of the difficult aspects of English is the way one word can have a number of different meanings and we can only really tell which if the meanings is intended by looking at the context in which it is used. To be fair, this is true in a number of languages, not just English […]

Saturday, December 26th, 2015 at 06:00 Comments Off on Drones over Bishkek