Posts in category "Kyrgystan"

Traveling to Ysyk Kul Lake in Kyrgystan

Back on the road again, we are driving between two mountain ranges that belong to the Tien Shan Range in Kyrgystan. The Palmir range is far to the South.  As we drive East, the mountains on the right side, known as the “Sunny Mountains,” are snow covered, the same beautiful snow covered mountains that we could see from the... Read more »

Home Again (from Kyrgystan) and Back to Central Asia

I’ve been back almost a week and I think I’m finally over my jet lag. Today is the first day I haven’t awakened at 3:30 am. I started on my trip back at 6:30 am. on the North side (the sunny side) of Lake Ysyk-Kul last Tuesday. We arrived back in Bishtek (Originally called Bishpek)... Read more »

Touring Karakol, Kyrgystan: The Animal Bazaar, Bride-Napping and the Falconer

This morning was a hoot. I was almost bride-napped and, having been saved that fate, nearly become a falconer. We started out going to the Sunday animal bazaar where the Nomads come to trade their animals. Stepping through mud, often over the soles of my white sneakers, made mushy by the melting snow from the... Read more »

Crossing Borders from Uzbekistan to Kyrgystan

Today we crossed from Uzbekistan to Kyrgystan, the second border crossing on the trip. These are not difficult but rather physiucally taxing. We simply had to fill out a form that asked beyond the main questions of name, Social Security, and national birth,  the amounnt of money you had (it should be less than the amount you... Read more »
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    Carolyn Boiarsky

    " I am an American," but not "Chicago born" like Augie March. Only Chicago aged. I'd like to think that if Henry Louis Gates were to investigate my geneology, he would discover in my past three women who traveled around the globe, chronicling their adventures. Sarah Kemble Knight traveled 112 miles by carriage from Boston to New York in 1704, a journey most women did not embark on alone (and men did so only with some trepidation). In fact, women were only just beginning to exercise their independence in the 1920's when Emily Kimbrough took off with her friend, Cornelia Otis Skinner, to explore Europe. But it is Auntie Mame, transforming herself from a New Yorker to the wife of an Austrian Baron and climbing the Matterhorn, whose mantra I have adopted. "LIFE IS A BANQUET...LIVE!" I began travelling in the 1960's when I traveled around western Europe between graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and my first job as a statehouse correspondent for UPI (United Press International) in Charleston, West Virginia, which was about as foreign a place as Europe was to someone who grew up in the environs of Philadelphia. Since then, I've also traveled to Kaunas, Lithuania, to teach at Vytautus Magnus University and to Sheffield, England, to present a paper at an engineering conference. I've been to the Alps and seen Auntie Mame's Matterhorn while climbing, by a series of cable cars rather than by foot, toward the peak of Mont Blanc. For 10 years my husband and I traveled to unique places: a sheep farm during lambing season in England's Lake Country, a hotel on one of the Barromeo Islands in the middle of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, and a cottage in Dun Quin on the Dingle Peninsula which the Irish claim is the last parish before Boston. Between excursions, I'm a professor in the Department of English at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana,. My husband passed away recently and, Auntie Mame-style, I am in the process of transforming myself. I've joined a tour to Central Asia and traveled to China to work with the pandas. Two years ago, I returned to Europe--Inreland, England, and France--to present a paper at a Conference and then visit friends. It's 2017 now and London once again draws me in. This time I'm fulfilling my dream of taking my grandchildren to Europe. I've rented a flat near Hyde Park and ordered London passes for everyone. A new adventure. Old friends. Another banquet.

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