Saturday Scenes: Valley of Flowers, Kyrgyzstan

Valley of Flowers, Kyrgyzstan

One of the most popular day hikes from Karakol, Kyrgyzstan is to Jeti Oguz and the Valley of the Flowers.  We took a taxi from Karakol (located on the far east end of Lake Issyk […]

Reviewing 2012: Did That All Really Happen?

Warsaw, Poland

Thinking about the past year leaves me with very mixed emotions. After being back in the United States for over three months now, it sometimes feels like the nine months before that didn’t even happen. […]

My 12 Favorite Places in 2012

Kamyanets Podilsky, Ukraine

As 2012 winds down, I thought I would take a look back at some of the most memorable places I visited over the last year. From ancient castles and ruined churches to mountain villages and […]

How I Blew My Budget in Central Asia

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Central Asia was supposed to be cheap. I was supposed to stay in yurts and with local families and eat cheap street food. The money I saved in […]

7 Things I Love About the ‘Stans

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

By the time I boarded my flight out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on September 16, I was ready to say goodbye to Central Asia. My three months in the region left me physically and mentally exhausted […]

A Morning at the Karakol Animal Market

Karakol animal market, Kyrgyzstan

Visiting countries like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan tend to take you back in time. Life in the small villages is so much simpler than our life today in the United States – but I suspect it […]

Saturday Scenes: Lake Issyk Kul

Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

One of the highlights of my two weeks in Kyrgyzstan was staying at a yurt camp near the shore of Lake Issyk Kul – the second largest alpine lake in the world. Already mid-September, the […]

Signs, Signs…Everywhere, Signs

Jeti Oghuz, Kyrgyzstan

  I was determined to ignore the signs.   I can be stubborn that way. I plan something and I set my mind to do it and even when things start to go a little […]