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.
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.
Kyrgyzstan – 124th Country