Skiing in Karakol

One of my favorite hobbies is skiing, and I was super stoked for an opportunity to shred some snow on the beautiful slopes of the Tien Shan. Other SRAS students Ross and Mikaela and I planned a ski trip for one of our last weekends of the semester. There are several ski slopes in mountainous… Continue reading Skiing in Karakol

A Week in Uzbekistan

SRAS students’ trip to Uzbekistan was a long time coming. Originally scheduled as a two-week Central Asia tour, after the London School and the tour company they booked our trip through had both forgotten that we needed visas to get into Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan and we were left visa-less between borders, completely unaware of the… Continue reading A Week in Uzbekistan

Touring Turkmenistan

I'm Sorry, Where? Heard of the place? No? Watch this video from John Oliver. You don't even need to see the full thing to grasp how bizarre of a place it is. SRAS students studying in Bishkek had the opportunity to travel to Turkmenistan for a few days in October. As freaked out as we… Continue reading Touring Turkmenistan

A Very (Issyk) Kul Weekend*

*I will not apologize for this title. The first weekend after classes begun, SRAS and the London School planned an excursion for the students that had arrived. We went to Lake Issyk Kul, probably one of the most popular summer destinations for locals as well as tourists. Issyk Kul is in the eastern part of… Continue reading A Very (Issyk) Kul Weekend*

Arrival

In the last minutes of my 42-hour journey from Montana, I was drifting in and out of sleep and aggressively squinting because the lights were turned on when we started descending. After deboarding the plane at 5:40 am, all the passengers squished onto a bus that took us to the main airport building. Per SRAS’s… Continue reading Arrival