Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide

A stunning land in Central Asia

Remote and untouched nature

Dubbed The Switzerland of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is home to some of this planet’s most beautiful and untouched nature. I lived in Kyrgyzstan for two years working with the United Nations on media and social justice development projects as a Peace Corps volunteer. My time here was the most rewarding and meaningful time of my life, made even better by the Kirgiz hospitality and the opportunity to explore untouched nature. I go back to Kyrgyzstan every other year to catch up with the media empire I founded and to reconnect with the people that make Central Asia feel like my second home.

Blog posts about kyrgyzstan

My most traveled year. A photo review of 2017.
My most traveled year. A photo review of 2017.

Happy New Year! 2017 was my most traveled year to-date, full of all sorts of experiences and life changes. Here...

What I have learned about my Peace Corps legacy in Kyrgyzstan
What I have learned about my Peace Corps legacy in Kyrgyzstan

I recently learned a few things which I did not know about my own legacy in Kyrgyzstan. Some of these...

Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide and 2-Week Itinerary Recommendation
Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide and 2-Week Itinerary Recommendation

After living for two years in Kyrgyzstan, I have some pro tips for how your next Central Asian adventure can...

LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article – Fall 2013
LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article – Fall 2013

Well, this chapter of my life has now officially concluded. With my final article in the LSU Alumni Magazine, Peace...

My Peace Corps Mission is Accomplished
My Peace Corps Mission is Accomplished

Serving with the United States Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan these last two years has been a tremendous experience. During my...

Appendectomy In Bishkek
Appendectomy In Bishkek

A Fair Warning

Nooryz 2013
Nooryz 2013

Nooryz is the Islamic new year and is celebrated in the spring time as new life is emerging from the...

K-19 COS Conference
K-19 COS Conference

This is it. This is the end. I made it. Yet somehow, I don’t feel any sense of accomplishment. As...

Bike Race
Bike Race

I recently participated in my first bike race! It was a really great experience but because I entered into the...

LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article - Spring 2013
LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article - Spring 2013

Here is my contribution to the LSU Alumni Association Magazine for Spring 2013. View original source here: http://issuu.com/lsualumni/docs/lsuaa_spring2013

I Am The Quiz Master
I Am The Quiz Master

Last night I was the quiz master at my favorite local quiz night in Bishkek. We had a great turnout...

Community Media in Kyrgyzstan Key to Achieving Social Justice [cross-post]
Community Media in Kyrgyzstan Key to Achieving Social Justice [cross-post]

The culmination of months of work, preparation and an international team overcoming very difficult situations get’s summed up nicely in this article posted on...

Bishkek Attack
Bishkek Attack

Just considering that I would begin this post with something like, “I don’t know how important it is to tell...

Merry Christmas (Russian Orthodox)
Merry Christmas (Russian Orthodox)

January 7th is the date of Orthodox Christmas. For a long and detailed explanation of why this differs from the...

Happy New Year / С новым годом / Жаны жылыныздар менен
Happy New Year / С новым годом / Жаны жылыныздар менен

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Ski Trip to Zil 2
Ski Trip to Zil 2

I made my third trip skiing this season today and it was a real blast. The weather was the best...

LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2012

Photo Caption: Judson and his Kyrgyz friends having fun at a cross-cultural dinner party. One of many such events he...

Ski Trip To Zil
Ski Trip To Zil

Ski Season is here! My desire for years has been to live within a 3-hours drive of skiing. And now...

Biking to Panorama
Biking to Panorama

I bought a mountainbike so that I could go to the mountains. And so I did! My lovely new Giant...

Kurban Ait
Kurban Ait

This morning Bishkek Muslims began the Kurban Ait celebration by gathering in the center square of the city. 70,000 people...

FLEX Exam 2012 Bishkek
FLEX Exam 2012 Bishkek

I was asked to help proctor the FLEX exam this year in Bishkek. Here is a snippet about the program from the...

Bishkek Photo Tour - A Morning in Kyrgyzstan's Capital City
Bishkek Photo Tour - A Morning in Kyrgyzstan's Capital City

On a perfect morning in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan in the heart of Central Asia, I grabbed a...

Bishkek Graffiti
Bishkek Graffiti

I took a long bike ride and found this great stretch of graffiti art on a long concrete wall. I...

Bike Trek Around Bishkek
Bike Trek Around Bishkek

I took a little trek around Bishkek and was smart enough to carry my camera with me. It was such...

LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Fall 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Fall 2012

Here is a screenshot of my most recent article in the LSU Alumni Association Magazine. The text from the article...

National Opera House
National Opera House

This is the national Opera House which I pass every day to and from my office. I often hear the...

Bishkek Apartment
Bishkek Apartment

Keeping with tradition and always being on the move, I have now moved into a new apartment after only being...

Almanbet's Brother's Wedding
Almanbet's Brother's Wedding

My good Kyrgyz friend, Almambet, invited me to attend his brother’s wedding. His brother is the general manager of the...

Moving To Bishkek - New City. New Work. New Address.
Moving To Bishkek - New City. New Work. New Address.

I am moving To Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to continue to the next step of my Peace Corps Service. Get all of...

KG Street Festival
KG Street Festival

Martin Abschieds Party
Martin Abschieds Party

2012 Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day
2012 Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day

Linda and I getting photo-bombed by Manas. Manas and the Kyrgyz flag. Linda and I at Ala-Too Square People watching....

Almanbet's Birthday Cookout
Almanbet's Birthday Cookout

My friend Linda has a friend named Almanbet who invited her to the mountains for a cook out. I got...

ICT Camp Dinner Night
ICT Camp Dinner Night

Last night I had a group of new friends in Bishkek over for dinner at my new apartment. We played...

Lake Issyk Kul Summer 2012
Lake Issyk Kul Summer 2012

Scuba Diving

Besh Tash with Family
Besh Tash with Family

My second host family in Talas, Kyrgyzstan, took me to the nearby Besh Tash (Five Stones) National Park. They have...

Bishkek ICT Training
Bishkek ICT Training

If there is a reason why I joined the Peace Corps it was the experience of the last few days....

2012 4th of July Bishkek Embassy Party
2012 4th of July Bishkek Embassy Party

Happy Birthday America! Here are a few photos of the festivities at the American Embassy in Bishkek. They really know...

Golden Birthday and Sie Germans
Golden Birthday and Sie Germans

Golden Birthday Party

Radiomost Office
Radiomost Office

Here is the office and colleagues from my first site in Talas City, RadioMost.

Sushi Nights
Sushi Nights

In the year that I have lived in Talas I have made many visits to the Kyrgyz capital city, Bishkek....

Mars Family
Mars Family

Mars is a dear friend of mine from Bishkek and was my main host when I visited Bishkek before I...

K20 Site Placement Ceremony
K20 Site Placement Ceremony

New Talas Oblast Volunteers! Welcome K20s!! Our country director, Seth Fearey, preparing to make the site announcements.

Osh Bazaar
Osh Bazaar

The Osh Bazaar in Bishkek is one of the most important shopping places in Kyrgyzstan. I live about a 10-15...

LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Summer 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Summer 2012

Besh Tash National Park
Besh Tash National Park

In preparation for the 2012 Talas GLOW/TOBE Camp I needed to make a site visit to the camp site in the Besh...

Disaster Ski Trip
Disaster Ski Trip

I don’t like to be negative about too many things, but man oh man this day was pretty much a...

LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Spring 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Spring 2012

Greetings Tiger Nation,

Thanksgiving, New Government and New Year
Thanksgiving, New Government and New Year

Being as far away from America as I am did not put even the slightest dent in my celebrating the...

Program Travel Report Nov 13-27, 2011
Program Travel Report Nov 13-27, 2011

Sunday Nov 13 - Monday Nov 14

LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2011
LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2011

Peela Chai Each
Peela Chai Each

Last week was RadioMost’s 4th Anniversary as the pioneer community radio station in Kyrgyzstan.  To mark the occasion we had a music festival...

First Day On Site in Talas City
First Day On Site in Talas City

I haven’t seen as many horses as I have seen today since I lived in Kentucky!

Site Placement - Radiomost 100.5FM
Site Placement - Radiomost 100.5FM

The NGO I will be working for is call Radiomost. I have not been given very much information from the...