Category Archives: Travel Tips

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 the […]

Should You Travel to Astana, Kazakhstan?

Should you travel to Astana, Kazakhstan? Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center and Mall

Astana, Kazakhstan is one of the weirdest places I have ever visited.  If you even just Google “Astana”, you will find several other people using the word “weird” as a word to describe the city of just over a million people in the middle of the Kazakh steppe.  Despite it having a rather extensive history, […]

Traveling to the Archaic Petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon-ata, Kyrgyzstan petroglyphs

Nearly everyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan has made that quick stop on the side of the highway to admire the ancient petroglyphs.  But really, how many people out there have even made a stop in Kyrgyzstan, let alone Cholpon-Ata? I have to admit that I didn’t even know about the petroglyphs […]

A Travel Guide to Soviet Kiev, Ukraine

(I will preface this by saying that if you’re offended that I am spelling Kyiv as “Kiev”, please pretend it is spelled the way you prefer throughout; I am spelling it the way most locals do and most travelers search for the name for the sake of this post alone.  On the other hand, don’t […]

Impressions from Zaporizhia, Ukraine

Zaporizhia, Ukraine Lenin Prospekt

Zaporizhia, Zaporozhye, Zaporizhzhya.  I typically spell cities on this site according to what people are searching for on Google, not how I would normally spell it on an everyday basis.  As it turns out, no one is searching for Zaporizhia.  Made that one easy… Zaporizhia is a city in the Zaporizhia Oblast in eastern Ukraine.  With […]