15 June 2012

Something to Love in Kyrgyzstan a Day: Issyk Kul

The view from Tamchy on the south side in the fall of 2005.

North side sunset in the fall of 2011

Bokonbaevo is a village on the south side.

A Slavonian Grebe on the north shore.
Issyk Kul is the pride of northern Kyrgyzstan.  If you spend any amount of time in this country, you'll be asked if you've been there.  But I've known many foreigners to be underwhelmed with the lake.  I suppose it depends on your perspective and where you stay. I think I'll put it this way: the lake is lovely and a pleasant place for a vacation, but the mountains are what make Kyrgyzstan truly impressive.  If you live here with the mountains your entire life, the lake is pretty cool.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJune 21, 2012

    Underwheled? Sheesh. I knew some who never even went. How can one be underwhelmed by sleeping under the stars in a yurt next to the lake, waking up to freshly fried fresh eggs, taking a solar shower at the foot of those mountains? How can one be underwhelmed by the size of those sanatoriums? Eating the breakfast of Soviet champions? Playing around on the exercise courses that Yuri Gagarin trained on? Checking out those old iron beach umbrellas? The old playgrounds? Marching up to the waves with those mountains as a backdrop?
    Whatever! :-))
    My husband put up his best Kyrgyzstan photos: enchemin.eu
    He just got back...said Bishkek hadn't changed much. He was pretty emotional about the wave of memories!