Now that the hiking season in the Kyrgyz mountains is almost over, and the yurts are brought back from the mountains to the valleys, I thought I’d show you a small compilation of my hiking trips.
When I told everyone back in Germany I was going to Kyrgyzstan, the most common reaction was to pull out their smartphones and look up the country on googlemaps.
“Wow, that’s almost China”.
In smartphone-less contexts I often faced confusion with other countries that are better known, mostly Kazakhstan and – (!) Kurdistan. This seems to be fairly common (I found this confusion on several webpages) and my stories about that even led to the fact that a geographically well-educated person (I still don’t know who it was – so hereby: respect!) drew the outlines of Kurdistan on the map that I had hung up for my farewell party: