First taste of "Chinese" food
Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
38Trip End Jun 13, 2012
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In this town, I met a lady from Moscow who speaks English very well. She was originally from Kyrgyzstan so she came back here every summer. It turned out she's a tea connoiseur. We shared some very good Chinese tea at her place. I also met her friend who is studying some form of Buddhism, trying to find her path in life.
After that, I went back to Bishkek and I got another look at this city. Maybe because the weather was cooler and I was over my jet-lag, it doesn't seem like such a bad city as I first thought. It was nice to stroll around in the small market and some up-scale shops. I met a lot of backpacker in the hostel and we went for Chinese food two nights in a row. There's definitely no comparison with real Chinese food, or even Chinese food from Calgary. Although the pork and eggplant dish (fragrant fish eggplan) was quite good and tasted pretty close to the real thing. All in all, it's a nice change from that past few weeks of eating Kyrgyz food by myself.
Next I'm heading to Osh, where there was the ethnic fighting back in June. I met quite a few travellers who have been there and they said there was no problem at all. So hopefully it will stay that way and I can find someone to go to the Pamir in Tajikistan with me.