// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
BISHKEK From Kazakhstan I took a small minivan over the border into the mountainous nation of Kyrgyzstan, which is also known as the Kyrgyz Republic or in Russia as Kirghizia. Like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan lies at the border between Europe and Asia, having come under the control of the Mongolian Empire, then later by the Chinese Dynasties, and later still by the Russian Empire which, after the Russian Revolution, turned Kyrgyzstan into a Soviet Republic of the USSR. I found Bishkek to be a lovely, small city, and I stayed here a month. There's definitely a Soviet influence; grand monuments (though Lenin is now hidden in a park behind a museum), formal housing blocks, and imposing plazas.
ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK Kyrgyzstan is sometimes called the 'Switzerland' of Central Asia because of its mountain landscapes.
OSH Osh is one of the oldest cities in Kyrgyzstan, dating back nearly 3000 years, with a market bazaar taking place on the same spot for 2000 of those years. The city and the market were both important stops along the ancient Silk Road connecting Asia to Europe. You'll see some really distinctive hats, which are the traditional hats worn by Kyrgyz men. In Osh though I stayed with a local Uzbek family. Uzbeks make up a majority of Osh but a minority of the country. You can see a photo of us all below.