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  • Day25

    Touristen im Überfluss in Kirgisistan

    August 20, 2019 in Kyrgyzstan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    In der Nacht träumte Anni von Korruption und wachte früh dementsprechend gerädert auf. Die erste Begegnung damit scheint Eindruck hinterlassen zu haben.

    Leider mussten wir einen schönen Konorchel Canyon aufgrund der mangelnden Zeit auslassen und sind nicht nochmal zurück zu unserem Bestechungsort.
    Also fuhren wir direkt zum Songköl, einem See auf 3200m Höhe. Es gab viele alte Häuser auf dem Weg dahin. Wir wussten nicht, ob darin nun jemand lebt oder nicht. 🏚️

    Um unsere Vorräte für die nächsten 2 Tage aufzustocken, hielten wir in einem relativ großen Ort auf dem Weg zum See. Unter dem regen Markttreiben waren viele Touristen. Nach dieser langen Zeit ohne Touristen war das für uns völlig ungewohnt. Generell treffen wir in Kirgisistan nun viele Urlauber.

    Eigentlich kennt den Songköl See jeder, doch die Straßen, die dahin führen, sprechen nicht für ein touristisches Ziel. Die bisherigen Asphaltstraßen wechselten auf Schotterstraßen mit welliger Fahrbahn. Das war das Schlimmste was wir bisher erlebt haben. Es fühlt sich so an, als würde man mit einer Rüttelplatte fahren.

    Wir hörten seit gestern ein Klappern, was sich auf der jetzigen Straße schrecklich anhörte. Mehrmals hielten wir an um den Fehler zu suchen. Erst beim dritten Mal bemerkten wir, dass die Mechaniker eine Unterlegscheibe vom alten Stoßdämpfer vergessen haben. Wir entfernten sie und alles war wieder in Ordnung.
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  • Day105

    traditional music performance at Kochgor

    August 26, 2018 in Kyrgyzstan

    In unserem Gästehaus in Kochgor haben wir abends eine „traditional music performance“ erlebt, die wegen ihrer Qualität einen eigenen Footprint verdient.

    Kyrgyz music is nomadic and rural, and is closely related to Turkmen and Kazakh folk forms. Kyrgyz folk music is characterized by the use of long, sustained pitches, with Russian elements also prominent. Travelling musicians and shamans called manaschi are popular for their singing and komuz-playing. Their music is typically heroic epics, such as the most famous story, the Manas epic (20 times longer than Homer's Odyssey), which is the patriotic tale of a warrior named Manas, and his descendants, who fight with the Chinese. There are modern reciters of the Manas who are very popular, such as Rysbek Jumabaev and Sayaqbay Karalaev. Aside from the komuz, Kyrgyz folk instruments include the kyl kiak (qyl-qyiyak), a two-stringed upright bow instrument (cf. fiddle), sybyzgy, a side-blown flute, chopo-choor and the temir ooz komuz(mouth komuz), also known as jaw harp in some countries. The komuz is the national instrument of Kyrgyzstan. It is a plucked string instrument. The kyl kiak, however, is also an important symbol of Kyrgyz identity. It is a string instrument, related to the Mongolian morin khuur, and is associated with horses and the vital role they play in Kyrgyz culture. A widespread variety of instrumental music called kui (or küü) tells narratives that revolve around a musical journey. The narrative, which is entirely expressed without words, is sometimes punctuated with exaggerated gestures to mark important parts of the story.

    Editiert am 05.01.2019
    Text von Wolfgang
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  • Day12

    Kochkor--felt making at Altyn-Kol

    July 8, 2019 in Kyrgyzstan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    The traditional process for rug making. Cleaning the wool. Cutting the wool. Making a design. Setting the design with hot water and pressing by foot. Then elbow pressing. Finally, the "rug" with the design. For a larger rug, the process can take days or even weeks for one large rug. The final product is beautiful.Read more

  • Day6


    July 7, 2017 in Kyrgyzstan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    we wake to a cool breeze and birds chirping in our delightful guest house.  We are ringed by mountains and surrounded by flowers.  We sit for a communal table filled with fresh berries, baked goods and are served porrige, a fried egg, blinis and a fried cheese curd.  Delicious.  We set out for quick photo shoots at the wooden Russian Orthodox Church and Himalayan Temple like mosque, then it's off to the Nikolai Przthevalsky museum honoring a great Russian explorer.  The grounds are beautiful and we visit a statue honoring him as well as his grave site before climbing through a hole in the fence for a sweeping panoramic view of the surrounding countryside with the lake in the distance.  We step inside the museum and it's like a Russian Explorer's club, circa 1860. Blue silk walls, photos ring the room that contains a giant globe and one wall has map showing the routes of his expeditions.  A guide gives us a very detailed overview of his life.  We then begin the drive to kochkar via the lake that caused the border delay yesterday. A few hours into the ride. We stop and head to a rocky beach.  I dip my toes while others opt to swim.  Eat a picnic lunch which is fine except for the ants.  Head back in the van and stop to see a yurt making display.  We are taken through all the steps. From carving the wood, to shaping the posts. We give some assistance attaching the beams, then watch as the outside layers are added.  Our yurt builders are champions at the nomadic life world games.  We finish up and head to our homestay, passing a group of camels running by us.  We arrive at the delightful homestayRead more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kochkor, Кочкор