Category Archives: Asia

They are Building a Road to the Mountains in Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan

balykchy, kyrgyzstan on issyk-kul lenin on a building

“They are building a road to the mountains here,” the cordial local from Balykchy said optimistically to the three of us.  We were standing in front of a statue of two snow leopards and Sayakbay Karalayev.   I gazed away fixated on the street art on the side of the building across the street as […]

Issyk-Ata: A Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-ata Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

My first experience with a Soviet sanatorium was back in Sukhum, Abkhazia in 2013.  I had booked a place on Couchsurfing to stay that ran me $1 (free accommodation was illegal at the time in Abkhazia so the hosts were mandated to charge something) and upon my arrival in the city, I was unable to […]

24 Astonishing and Historical Places to Visit in Central Asia

Places to visit in Central Asia

If you were to ask me what my favorite region in the world is, I would likely shout out ‘Central Asia’ every time, even though my travels in the region have focused on solely two countries. The mountains, people, food, and hospitality keep me coming back. This is a guide of the best places to […]

2 Days in Singapore Itinerary: The Perfect Weekend Trip (+ Map)

Landscape of Gardens by the Bay in singapore

This is the ultimate 2 days in Singapore itinerary for first-time visitors. We also list what to do if you have more than a weekend in Singapore at the end! In this post…My First Time Traveling to SingaporeWhat to Know Before You Visit SingaporeHow to Get Around SingaporeWhere to Stay in Singapore (All Budgets)This Singapore […]