Ballet and Rigoletto Opera in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Ballet in Bishkek

Ballet on Saturday, December 7, 2013 and the Rigoletto Opera on Sunday was our entertainment during the past week-end in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, this time we were just next door to the Kyrgyz Opera and Ballet Theatre  in Bishkek. My colleagues and I, seven of us, [...] Read more »

Ritual of Circumcision – Kyrgyzstan

“Sunnot toi”/circumcision party

Traditionally nomadic people, the Kyrgyz, have many legends, myths, songs, stories and customs. One of the most important Muslim traditions is “Sunnot toi”, the circumcision ritual. Boys between 3 and 5 years of age have to go through it. “It is considered to be one of the happiest and most [...] Read more »

Bishkek, Old Communist Sites

Bishkek-park and statue

Kyrgyzstan was part of the USSR, and under Soviet power from 1919 to 1991. In my walks through Bishkek I saw many buildings that reminded me of the land and times I grew up in, more so even than those lands do today. It seems like time did not change [...] Read more »

Ala Archa National Park

Ala Archa National Park - yurt

Must be that someone up there loves me and hears my wishes. On my last trip I left Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after spending just one day there and wished so much that I could come back in the summer for a longer stay. I could see the impressive Tian-Shan mountains from [...] Read more »