From Osh to Bishkek

$850 for a Ford

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan There are no buses from Osh to Bishkek. The 500 kilometer road traverses the Kygyz Altau and Talas Altau mountain ranges over three high passes, winding its way up and down through just two small towns and a handful of villages. There isn't enough...

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My Fear of the Kyrgyz Police

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan In southern Kyrgyzstan I quickly learned to fear the police and my heart would skip a beat each time we spotted one of the many roadside police checkpoints. Through Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the infamous former Soviet police forces have caused...

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The World’s Most Ridiculous Borders

Osh, Kyrgyzstan If you threw three buckets of colored paint at a map you could easily end up with boundaries as clear and rational as the current Uzbek/Tajik/Kyrgyz border in the Fergana valley. As contiguity seems not to have been important to the early Soviets,...

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