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Soviet bus stops

The Soviet Union sought to master nature. It built roads and towns where no human civilisation had ever succeeded. It took pride in its colourful bus shelters, symbol of its interconnected world.


Every Bishkek citizen, inviting you to visit his or her country, will proudly note it only takes half an hour to reach the mountains from the heart of the city. ‘To the real mountains! Tall and harsh! Not any hills!’ And it is true.

Where The Wild Things are...

These remnants of the Soviet collective economy can easily appear to be monsters from another dimension. But these ‘monsters’ once had a purpose.

Aurora Sanatorium

Aurora is an architectural landmark on the northern shore of Issyk Kul, some four hours from Bishkek. The Aurora Sanatorium was built in 1979 exclusively for the Communist Party elite.

Tikvenik on Christmas Eve

Bulgaria is the biggest pumpkin producer in the EU. Pumpkins are big in Bulgarian culture and literature. They play a central role in many short stories by Bulgaria’s most famous novelists, Elin Pelin, Yordan Radichkov, to name a few.