27 February 2009


We found this old Soviet-era guidebook for Bishkek at the university library the other day and it's been lots of fun to read. Reading the Soviet version of Kyrgyz history is always interesting, and I also like seeing what has changed in Bishkek in the last 30 years. It's easier to imagine that the author was exaggerating than that Bishkek ever was a "City of Smiles," at least for tourists.


  1. Soviet-era guidebooks? That would be a lot of fun to read. :)

  2. I can always send one to you if you're interested!