D250. May 9. A night with Kirghizes in a mountain hut

Our mountain “resort” is next to the Arashan River, 20 km southeast of Karakol mountain, situated in a picturesque forest landscape at an altitude of 2350-2435 metres.

The resort has numerous wooden sheds which contain hot sulfurous pools to cure various ailments… The baths look creepy, I’m not sure I’m gonna plunge my body into that… Well, after a couple of hours, quite cold after a nap, I will finally try it. And it’s gonna be great.

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Even the moment when I discovered that a local shepherd was spying on me at the window was entertaining !

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Though, I’ll make my best not to go to the bathroom over the night, far too demanding ride… And the water from the ‘sink” is like ice on my hands…

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Our cook. Tonight we will have a bouillon with noodles and sheep pieces. Tomorrow morning we will have three salty grilled eggs. Like every other morning during this trip in the mountains.

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We will have a candle dinner, a very nice atmosphere, next to the samovar… Over the night, I will not be cold, as the stove is just on the other side of our bedroom wall. Nice to wake up in such surroundings.

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While Nick is packing and David watching birds with his binoculars, I try to interact with the owners of this place…

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As I try to thank Bartagül for her hospitality,  awkwardly repeating my “spasiba” (thank you) with a smile, she answers as awkwardly with a “cream, cream”, showing me her dry face, burnt by years of sun and cold. I give her my moisturizing cream and she introduces her entire family.

Capture d’écran 2014-05-10 à 16.47.55XXX, her husband.

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Capture d’écran 2014-05-10 à 16.48.59Tabulde, her father, who doesn’t want to speak Russian. Though, when Nick and David tell him they come from England, he answers “football, Arsenal, Arsenal”.
As we shake hands, about to leave, he suddenly raises his arm and chants, out of the blue : “Heil, Hitler”.

Waouh… how does he know that sentence ? Does he know what it means ?
During the Soviet era, Kant and its surrounding area (20 km East from Bishkek) were home to a large number of ethnic Germans who had been forcibly relocated to Central Asia in 1941 from the Volga region when the Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was abolished. Could he know from them ? I will never know. Though, it leaves us with a weird impression…





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