The famous warm lakeIssyk Kul Oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Not my favorite part of the trip.

Going to Issyk Kul meant it was going to be the start of a long road trip.

I cannot seem to find my photos of Issyk Kul, Cholpan Ata or Karakol. I missplaced the scanned images about a decade ago but I do have them on negatives still.

Issyk Kul

Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
Issyk Kul means warm (Issyk) and Sea (Kul) in Kyrgyz. At the time Kumtor, a Canadian gold mining company, had dumped some chemicals in the lake. I was told it would be better not to take any pictures since local people were angry at foreigners at the time.
Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
I remembered taking these pictures from Cholpan Ata.
Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
We actually stayed in one of these buildings for a night.

Karakol

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan.
One of the photos from Karakol. This is the Russian that "discovered" or "founded" Karakol. I will add photos of the Dungan Mosque and mountains outside of the city when I find them.

Balakchy and the Kungoy Ala-Too

Balakchy, Kyrgyzstan.
I got along really well with this English teacher in Balakchy. After dealing with Cholpan Ata and Karakol, this school was heaven. Balakchy means Fish (Balank in Kyrgyz) City.
Kungoy Ala-Too, Kyrgyzstan.
View of the Kungey Ala-Too on the way back to Bishkek.
Kungoy Ala-Too, Kyrgyzstan.
Kungoy Ala-Too, Kyrgyzstan.

Reflection

Lost photos. Lots of drama with local government officials. Horrible Peace Corps Volunteers. Enough said.