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-> The girls
Cholpon (left), 20, student of sociology at the American University Central Asia, guided me during my 2-months stay. Nadya, 19, was my tennis-partner. We all became really good friends.
we were asked to board our plane - a rusty Russian Yak 40, a stark gust
came up, cutting my boarding pass off the ticket. Seeing this important
sheet of paper fly away, the stewardess made an unmistakable sign that
I shall run. Right towards the American base. What followed was an interesting
scene. Everytime I seemed to have caught the pass, wind came up again
and blew the paper farther away. After some 250 meters, I finally got
hold of it, jumping on it, not letting it fly away again. This whole show
caused a good deal of laughter among my friends and the other passengers,
luckily, the Americans, whose zone I entered, weren't too amazed at all.
The flight was unexpectedly smooth, despite the wind. The old plane, probably
35 years old, took some time to take off and incline, though I was impressed
on how safe everything appeared. We Europeans are security fanatics, that's
what I know now.
-> The vista
The Tien Shan is the major obstacle when travelling overland to Osh. When flying though, these stunning mountains look rather tiny.
-> Osh market
Osh still hosts one of the biggest Central Asian markets. The stalls brim with fresh vegetable, fruit, - basically they brim with almost everything you could possibly imagine.
> Osh market
Dried fruits - I love them...