I was born in a small village in Kazakstan , a country that was a part of Soviet Union at that time . The village was a quiet place mostly because it was very far away from major cities . The life was very slow and nothing ever happened there to be worthy of any news . Partly because there weren’t many opportunities job wise and in part because of cold winters , our whole family of eight made a decision to move south .
My mom picked a town in Kyrghyzstan . It had 12 public schools , a medical college ( which she graduated a few years later ) , paved roads , a train station , hospitals , shops , and a huge government financed sport complex where my dad got his job as a wrestling team coach . That was a big change …
Many years forward , most of my family members still live in Kyrghyzstan , while America is my home now . I haven’t been to Kyrghyzstan ever since I left it in 1998 . This summer , I have an opportunity to visit there . I am excited and I have my concerns as well . My main purpose will be to see my family . I also want to take notes on how things have changed since Kyrghyzstan obtained its independence .
I went online to try and fish out any useful information on traveling Kyrghyzstan . Honestly , not much info out there that one can call useful . I have read the opinions of some travelers that had unpleasant experiences with the locals and some with the authorities , which makes you think going there is a bad idea …
If you are like me and have your mind made up about visiting Kyrgyzstan in a near future , I will do my best to make this blog as informative as possible to you or anyone who’s curious about this small country .
I got my ticket trough Travelocity , and I already have my new shiny American passport . The flight is on June 1st and I can’t wait .
To be continued ….