Wow! Two posts in a single day. I think this is a first for this ‘blog. But I’ve got them written, internet access has been tricky over the past week or so, and will probably become even trickier over the next ten days in Tajikistan’s Pamir mountains. So two posts in a day it is. If you’ve not read the previous one, about going to the beach at 1800m above sea level and a Kyrgyz-American rodeo, make sure to check it out!
The title of this post is a bit misleading. While we did spend quite a bit of time in Bishkek waiting around for visa applications to be processed, it was really more pleasant than the term “purgatory” suggests.
This was not because Bishkek is a fascinating place. To tell the truth, it’s not. It’s a bit dull. But it’s a very NICE place. And when you add to this niceness the fact that we had a fabulous couchsurfing host, and some equally fabulous fellow guests, our time in in Bishkek seemed closer to paradise than purgatory. The only reason I called it that was that after two weeks of waiting around (the second of which will be covered in the next entry,) we STILL hadn’t even been able to APPLY for the last of the visas we were hoping to obtain there.
As is often the case when we spend long times in a given place without actually doing all that much, I’ll dispense with the narrative style here, and just make note of some of the things we did and make some general observations about Bishkek.
The national opera house in Bishkek. Soviet architecture may not always have been pretty, but they knew how to do “imposing” pretty well.