Monday, 31 December 2012

Hermann-Gmeiner-School / SOS Children's Village

We know by accident Tscholpon, an interpreter for German language and a teacher at the Hermann-Gmeiner-School in Bishkek.

Herman Gmeiner, an Austrian doctor founded the SOS Childrens Village (, which are allocated all over the world.

We joined several German lessons and it made so much fun to work with the children. Honestly, they are much more disciplined than most of the pupils in Germany and they are more respectful to their teachers.
As we visited the Children's Village we were extremly suprised. So many beautiful houses, each house with nine children and a mother, a warm atmosphere everywhere and a large playing ground and space for all. the kindergarten a great location for the smallest.

On Dec.24 we joined the nativity play, which was in German language and well organized. After this performance Astrid and I showed some pictures about Christmas in Austria and Germany.
It caused surprise, especially  the Christmas Market with all the kiosk for cookies, toys and the intensive lightning.

We will sponsor this village or a child and, beginning with January, we will work there as native speakers.
This will be a great experience :-)

Life in Bishkek

Russian language

Since Nov 21st we are now in Bishkek and we are feeling very well. Our guesthouse "Interhouse" is beautiful and well organized. I had a bad inflammation of my shoulder, what was really not funny, but now it is o.k. Thanks to Ruslan, a doctor from the local hospital who gave me for a period of 10 days injections and infusions.
We started to learn Russian at the London School of Bishkek. It is a very difficult language and I do not like it very much. Honestly, Astrid is much more engaged and she likes it, I do it for my pastime. In school, which is quite a long time ago, I learned Latin, but I still know some rules and they are so different to Russian, so it confuses me. If it would be Spanish or French, I would have more fun, but it is ok.


At Dec.8th, the birthday of Astrid, we visited the Historical Museum. It is not very big, but it is interesting.
A large part is dedicated to the Civil War in the year 2010 between Uzbek and Kyrgyzs people, where over 2000 people died.

see Wikipedia:
Civil War Kyrgyzstan


Bishkek is quite manageable. In different cafes or restaurant we always meet the same people. They are globetrotters, who overwinter here, too, or from different aid organisations as the GIZ (Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit), USAID, HELVETA, Asian Development Bank.......

We meet many locals, too. One of them is a teacher for German language at the SOS Children's home / Hermann-Gmeiner-School. we joined some lessons and it made so much fun.
Please read the separate post for this topic !


we celebrated Christmas with many people at Kathy's and Mike's apartement. Kathy is from Australia and Mike from USA. we were 28 people from France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia and USA, Australia, Austria, Germany..... all in their home and it was great ! life music with guitar, bongo drums and a digeridoo, the instrument of the Aborigines in Down Under (
Everybody brought some food and a small gift. it was gorgeous :-)


Due to my illness in Kashgar/China, I did not exercise until Bishkek. the problem with my shoulder was another item not to exercise. Beginning with our arrival in Bishkek Astrid did not exercise. Well we wait for a package from Germany, which includes our running shoes, but two days ago, we stopped our laziness.
We drove by marshrutka ( to the Dordoy Bazaar. For me it is not so funny to drive with these small buses.Most of the time they are overcrowded and, because I am to tall for it, I have to stand stooped. 
The Dordoy Bazaar is the the biggest bazaar in Central Asia 
( and it is amazing how many goods are offered . The "shops" are sea-containers, on the shop there is another container which is the storehouse. 20.000 people work there and most time it is cheap Chinese stuff. We searched for some running shoes and found "branded articles" for 30 USD each pair and with guarantee of three months... ;-)). It was so cold (minus 12 Celsius) and my backside was frozen. When it becomes warmer we will visit this bazaar again. Astrid has no problems with cold, but with heat (the desert was really bad for her)  and I have no problems with heat, but with cold.... now not the best time for me ;-)
Yesterday we went jogging and it was so great. We estimate, that many people thought that we are aliens from outer space, because sports is not popular in Kyrgyzstan. You have to be very careful while walking or running on the sidewalks. People do not clean it or care for damages, so it is quite dangerous. there is pure ice and many times gully covers are missing...... After stretching and a hot shower we felt like a new man/woman :-)

Shop at the Dordoy Bazaar

Dordoy Bazaar

Guesthouse "Interhouse"






Sunday, 9 December 2012

Bishkek (KGZ) part II

flight from Kashgar to Urumchi...
3 hours delay due to snow. first we landed at a different airport, 300 km far away from Urumchi. at 10:30pm we arrived in Urumchi. we had a snack at then we took a taxi to a hotel, which was already reserved. after a shower we went to bed.

we got up very early. 4:30am. our flight to Bishkek should depart at 9:40. after arrival we were told at the check-in that our flight will depart at 11:40. we met Nura, a young lady from Bishkek, who studies in China, and we spend the morning together. at 11:00 we went to the security check. due to my low weight my trousers are very wide. after removing my belt, my trousers went down to earth and I stand only with my slip in front of the female security officer. she was really shocked.... should be the first time for her to see such a well-trained body ;-). at 1pm we departed !! at 3:30 we arrived at our guesthouse.

we searched for the German Kyrgyz Medical Center. no success.

we searched for the Medical Associates in the Hyatt Regency Hotel... no success
we drove to the hospital in the Kievskaya Street. Richard recommended it, because there is an English-speaking doctor. he was very friendly and made
an high competent impression. due to my illness in China now I had an inflammation in my shoulder. maximum pain during the night. he prescribed me injections. we went to the Sierra cafe where we met Somi and Soha from Iran , traveling by bicycle too. they have to travel without money because their savings are on an bank in Azerbaidschan, which closed the acounts due to the political irritations with Iran... bad luck.

hospital again to make a blood-check and a EEC. all o.k. . brunch with Somi and Soha. and we helped them with some USD. they where so happy about our support.

the inflammation in my shoulder was a desaster. the five injections did not help. Richard recommended me a interpreter and we drove to another hospital. now for the next ten days 3 injections per day and 5 infusions.
the interpreter' s son in law is a doctor and we committed us that he will give the injections in our guesthouse.
since Dec.6th so much better.

we visited the Historic Museum. first floor with the history of the last 70 years: stories about Lenin and the typical Russian sculptures, the rumors in 2010. unfortunetly only in Russian language.
the most interesting part was the 3rd floor with very old tools from more than 1000 years ago. pictures from the farmer's life and work.  

Urumchi, Airport

flight with China Southern, much better than Air China

Yssykköl-Lake, the second largest mountain-lake on the world


entrance to our guesthouse "Interhouse"

learning Russian, but I am without any talent ;-)

this is not Santa Claus !

Santa Claus brought some gifts to Astrid

Urumchi, start to Bishkek in a few minutes

Dan, Richard, Mark, Astrid.. celebrating Astrids birthday at Sierra Coffee

Nura from Bishkek, we met her at Urumchi Airport

Somi and Soha from Iran, traveling by bicycle, too.

yummy !

Friday, 23 November 2012

Kashgar (CHN)

after selfmade delicious scrambled eggs we left our campsite. several men walked there, but only two contacted us. it was 25 km light downhill.6 km outside of Kashgar a checkpoint. no problems . after 33 km arrival at the Pamir Youth Hostel... long shower and laundry. 12 days of cycling without shower or another possibility to wash were over.

we walked trough the craftsmen street to the Grand Bazar. one important item in Kashgar is reducing my luggage.honestly I have too much of it and many spareparts are not necessary any more. at the hostel I found a big box, where my trailer had enough space. I do not want to carry anymore luggage up to 3700m more as necessary ;-). in the evening we had delicious food at a Turkish restaurant.

terrible night. only vomiting

only a little bit better....

I felt extremly sick. I decided to go to doctor, we had the suspicion on salmonellae. here it is necessary to go to a hospital. well, in China we are total analphabets. Sago from the Pamir Hostel helped us so much !! without him no chance to understand anything! a blood check was necessary then toilet: toilet??? this was a real desaster , a blame for a hospital!!! old dirty and close to the restricted area of the laboratory. used cotton-sticks from the blood-check on the floor. well, after one an a half hour I had new medicine and at midnight I felt so much better :-)

still a little bit weak but strong enough to go to a barber shop. I do not like a beard in my face and my hair needed to be cut. after 45 min of a very professional treatment I felt myself so much younger and fine :-).
in the evening we had dinner at the Karakorum Cafe, which is highly recommended by us. then bad news in the hostel: no water due to repair work in the whole house.

still now water in the hostel. we went for breakfast to the Karakorum Cafe. official opening hour is 9 am and we arrived at 9.15. closed ! but we noticed a light. we knocked at the window and had luck. was time to reduce the luggage. I packed the box. we went with Sago to the postoffice. the woman told us that the package with the trailor is too big and it is not allowed to use red tape or there must not be red letters on the box ! totally paranoid this government. well, the CP (Communist Party of China), which currently celebrated its party congress in Beijing, is a so-called gerontocracy; i.e. only old men, who got the position based on their age... seems that they are mentally defective. price for the 10kg-package was 60 USD, which is o.k.

breakfast at Karakorum with Sandy from CA, Chinese sim card at China Mobile, new chain for bike and a new tyre.

ill again.

ill again, with Ibrahim to hospital.
three infusions :-(

hospital , electrocardiogramm, sonography


ill, but a little bit better. we met us with Annika and Roberto from", CJ from California, and an Australian couple in an Uygur restaurant. was very funny but in the evening I had again pain in the stomach.

ill. Roberto was ill, too. Astrid cycled with Annika to the animal market and had so much fun.

Astrid had higher temperature; 38.2 C :-( . breakfast with Annika Roberto and CJ . at 3 pm we left our hostel to go to the airport. flight from Kashgar to Urumchi.....

Id-Kah Mosque

typical Uygur house.

Grand Bazar

craftsmen street

infusion in a hospital...

craftsmen street

f.l.t.r: Roberto, CJ, Annika, Astrid and .... me ;-)

Grand Bazar

barber shop

Sandy from California with us in the Karakorum Cafe

carousel with tanks ... crazy !

craftsmen street

Impressions from the Animal Market. only Astrid was there, together with Annika....