Bus Stops Around the Issyk Kul

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During our epic 800 km bike tour from Bishkek, all the way around the Issyk Kul lake, and back, we noticed something rather special: beautifully decorated bus stops. Since we left Belgium seven months ago, we hadn’t noticed anything special about any bus stops before. But those bus stops… Wow! They caught our eyes right away! So enjoy our selection out of the more then one hundred stops we’ve seen along the way…

 

* The ‘national-Kyrgyz-symbols’ bus stops *

The yurt and the kalpak, two famous Kyrgyz symbols
The yurt and the Kalpak (white hat on the right), two famous Kyrgyz symbols

 

The yurt, a typical portable round tent used by nomads in Central Asia, can be seen in every green space all around the country. Families going for some chilling time outdoors set up their yurt or rent one that’s already there. It’s wonderfull to see how the city folks go the the countryside with some sort of nostalgia for the nomadic times (which was not even such a long time ago) when the majority of the population was living in harmony with nature and using this specific kind of housing. When you take a look at the Kyrgyz flag, you see the wooden crown on the top of the yurt represented on it. The yurt is to be found all over the place in the country… and yes, also in the form of a bus stop!

 

Yurt bus stop
Yurt bus stop

 

The Kalpak, a tall hat worn by men, is another thing that can be seen all around Kyrgyzstan. Especially during festivities (like we noticed on the 9th of May, Independence Day) are all the men in town, young and old, wearing a Kalpak. They are proud about this national symbol. Americans have their baseball cap, and Kyrgyz have their Kalpak. It keeps them warm in winter, and provides them with some shade in the summer. No better way to wait for the bus than in a Kalpak bus stop!

 

The Kalpak
The Kalpak

 

* Multicolored mosaic style bus stops *

Why just have plain and boring bus stops if you can decorate them instead?! It makes waiting for a bus so much more enjoyable, doesn’t it?

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The mountains are determining for the Kyrgyz landscape, and make the country what it is. The most favorite place of all Kyrgyz is for sure the famous Issyk Kul. This huge beautiful lake is surrounded by mountains, has the best beaches, the most amazing sunsets,… In short: it’s the pride of the country. The place to be for a holiday! And everything that’s cool must be turned into a bus stop.

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* Minimalistic white *

Even though this one is not as colourful as the previous stops, it is nonetheless pretty in its own simplistic way. So we figured that this stop with white reliefs is also worth mentioning.

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Written by the Planeless Travellers