By Kara Van Malssen
…it would be Kyrgyzstan. This small, mountainous country had us completely enamored from just about the moment we crossed the border from Uzbekistan (which, though we have much love for, we were ready to leave). The beautiful landscape, friendly people, and easily accessible ATMs were welcoming and comforting. Here, let me show you:
We camped by the river our first night, just next to a necropolis. As we have been known to do.
The next day was one awesome mountain ride across the country from our campsite near Kara-kul to the capital, Bishkek.
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We ate a nice lunch
And tried some of the local kumis, fermented mare’s milk.
It had been one of the best driving days of the trip.