Kyrgyzstan – 124th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Kyrgyzstan is my 124th country.
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Kyrgyzstan was born into existence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and it became an independent nation. Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian, landlocked nation. The Kyrgyz people have a history that dates back over 2,000 years and has been part of different empires over the centuries as part of the Silk Road. The Kyrgyz have traditionally been a semi-nomadic people with the horse playing an essential role in this mountainous area.
I spent time in the two largest cities in the nation; the capital, Bishkek, and the second largest city in the south, Osh. Both cities were worth a visit, yet the highlight was attending the World Nomad Games. The WNG is an event held near Issyk-Kul Lake which included athletes from over 70 countries competing in traditional nomad sports from Kok-Buri to archery. This was an awesome multi-day event.
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Kyrgyzstan – 124th Country