a man pride of his profession, eager to show us how bread is made in a local street side bakery

People of Kyrtyzstan

It’s not only the landscape or food that defines a country. It’s the culture, and for culture you need people. If they are friendly, the country is friendly, if they are busy and cold, you will have a hard time feeling at home.

The people we met in Kyrgyzstan are some of the most friendly, but also proud people I met in a long time. We spent most time on the countryside and it wasn’t uncommon that a farmer, seeing us stop from a distance, got on his horse and came over, just to ask who we are, where we are going, the conversation with our driver and the guide riddled with laughter. It’s not only curiosity that made them come to us, it was also to find out if we need help.

One day we stopped by a little farm only to be welcomed by a bowl with mare milk for each of us and later some fresh cream with bread. But it’s not all nostalgia and horse riding, the farmer showed our guide a video of him self riding a bike and then was given the keys and gave it a spin.

We only wanted to ask for the way... and got treated with mare milk and fresh cream Photo by Toni Schnydrig
We only wanted to ask for the way… and got treated with mare milk and fresh cream
Photo by Toni Schnydrig

There are kids everywhere, and they are, like most kids curious. Unlike children at home, most of them were not shy at all to approach us, specially when they realized our guide was able to chat with them in their language. Although the questions usually were the same, it never got old to watch the scene🙂

it isn't easy to do street photography when you stick out like a sore thumb :)
it isn’t easy to do street photography when you stick out like a sore thumb🙂
Seen at Son Kul, a small lake in the heart of Kyrgyzstan.
Seen at Son Kul, a small lake in the heart of Kyrgyzstan.

It might not be a rich country and after the fall of the UDSSR, much went downhill. But talking with them, watching them, I never had the impression they felt like being looked down upon. They were proud we visited their country, open and by all means not shy at all.

I guess it takes years of practice to look up from your work while you continue to hammer the metal without hitting your tumb :)
I guess it takes years of practice to look up from your work while you continue to hammer the metal without hitting your tumb🙂

7 thoughts on “People of Kyrtyzstan”

    1. I was there this September. It wasn’t hard to get there, as Swiss citizen I didn’t need a visa. Travelling there is a bit tough though, as road’s aren’t too good and most don’t speak a foreign language.

      But we had a guide (Swiss guy) who talked the local language and has lived there for 14 years now, so we had a great time🙂

  1. Gratulation zu den tollen Bildern!
    War auch im August mit Motorrad und Muztoo in China + Kirgistan unterwegs. Tolles Erlebniss

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