When we are talking about winter sports and activities, there is something else we cannot skip and it is ice skating! This beautiful kind of sport and entertainment is actually available in all seasons of the year, thanks to the indoor skating rinks. However, open air can only be done in freezing winters or in the places, where summer does not exist at all!
It is true that the skates are the same and the ice below is also, but it is an absolutely different taste, another excitement if the skating is done outdoors. Only those who have tried it can feel rush of adrenaline on the skating rink, which seem to have no boundaries around, under the sky towards which you will feel like flying with your skates!
So, definitely do keep in mind this fascinating activity in your next winter breaks! Keep an eye on those open air rinks, such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which is located close to Bishkek city, Kyrgyzstan.
Here is the combination of two previous ideas for winter vacations. I think it is one of the best tour plans, which takes you to the best winter wonderlands of Kyrgyzstan – Ala Archa gorge and Karakol ski resort.
The tour lasts for about nine days. No worries about meals, entrance fees to museums, exhibitions and also accomodations. All you need to do is getting in touch with the travel agents and let them do their bests in organizing the most fun experience possible for your winter vacations.
The only thing you will have to take care of is the tickets, visa fees and something extra you may want to have during your travel, such as chocolate bars or alcoholic beverages.
Ala Archa is one of the places, which deserve to be introduced in Kyrgyzstan. This is the gorge, national park, ski resort, all in one recreational zone. People love going to this amazing place in any time of the year, and this is why they also call it “Universal Destination” of tourists.
Definitely, none of the tourists leave Kyrgyzstan without visiting Ala Archa. It is comfortable to go for it is not far from the capital city and is worth seeing. Covered with fur trees and fresh green grasses in summer, it makes it a great zone to have picnics.
Now in winter the place is covered with snow, which allows you to go for winter sports, including skiing or snowboarding. The view of the glaciers around, trees in white is just to die for!
It is the most wonderful time of the year! I say this every time the snow falls in winter and covers the whole world in white. And that is also the perfect blessing, since not every country can enjoy snow in winter.Kyrgyzstan always has enough of it every year…
This is the perfect reason to come visit this country for winter vacations! Its beautiful mountains and ski bases on them are always ready to welcome the visitors with great snow conditions to enjoy skiing, snowboarding or just playing snowballs!
The first place I would offer to anyone is the Karakol ski base in Issyk Kul province. There are so many reasons why it became the most famous and favorite of all winter-sport-lovers. Great service, all facilities and necessary snow condition is provided all the time there. The prices are also reasonable and worth your money
I remember asking my American friend about their national food, since it was really interesting to know what the most famous dish in one of the biggest countries of the world was. However, it made him think for a while and he could not really name anything particular. Here I remembered that the country was actually built by variety migrants all over the world and there cannot be any certain food, since there is no official Nationality in America at all!
The only thing he could name was “steak”, particularly the steak of burgers. This actually makes some sense, since burgers and fast food is actually the first thing that comes to mind while talking about American food. It is the main dish in all picnics and parties in the country and I remember having so much joy observing how they made barbeque. I must say that American steak is definitely one of the best ones ever!
The fact that I want to share may be a very shocking discovery to some of you, so if you are too sensitive, then just ignore this paragraph and jump into the next! So, they say that the meat of a headless goat, which is played in the Kyrgyz national game “Ulak Tartysh”, is very soft and delicious…
However, Kyrgyz national cuisine is that unusual and interesting. The most part of national dishes take meat and flour. It may be too strong for those, who are used to eating light food, but for the nomads, who had to fight with cold on the mountains, it was exactly what they needed. Would you believe if I say that they can eat a whole sheep at once? Then check out this video:
As I mentioned before, there is an incredible amount of similarities between the huge United States and tiny Kyrgyzstan. Except for the rock arts from the last topic, America has the analogue of famous Kyrgyz game “Ulak Tartysh”, which is actually more famous around the world. It definitely is “polo”.
Polo is also the team sport, which is played on horseback. The rules of the game are almost similar with Kyrgyz “polo”, except for the “tool”. If Kyrgyz people fight for the dead goat, polo players use a long-handled mallet and wooden or plastic ball, in order to score a goal into opposite teams doors.
The game is played in more than 15 countries nowadays. There are many types of it actually, and the rules also may vary according to the region, where it is played.
Going so into Kyrgyzstan, I almost forgot to add some contrasts between the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan. So, here is one for our previous topic about ancient rock arts!
Although North America is known as pretty new government, the land itself existed for thousands of years for sure. As a proof, they found interesting rock arts in the state of Nevada. The petroglyphs are said to be more than 15,000 years old.
The stones have very interesting look, including geometric patterns, diamond shapes, and concentric circles – all in one!
Archeologists were not able to get as much information as preferred about those ancient “artists” yet, so this is a new door for them to find out more about the first habitants of this continent.
You will be surprised how Kyrgyz nation can be cheerful and fun-loving after getting to know the following traditional game – Kyz Kumay (“chasing the girl” from kyrgyz)! I will make the introduction short and just step in to the game rules:
We need the volunteer of one boy and a girl, who is good at riding horses, because the biggest part of the game is demonstrating the horseback riding skills. Yes, you guessed right, the competition will be among the boy and a girl, even if it sounds a bit unfair. However, there were pretty many cases when the boys lost the game!
So, both of players are on the finish line and after the signal, the girl takes off first (see, advantage for girls anyways!). Boy’s goal is to reach the girl before the finish line, in order to get a kiss as a reward. However, if he ends up losing, then he had better prepare himself for the hard beats the girl has prepared for him!
I guess I found out the reason why there are so many djigits, that have the wind beneath their wings in Kyrgyzstan. They were given the special spirit from the very childhood. You wonder how? The following tradition can explain it pretty well.
So, when the child reaches the age of walking, the parents gather all the relatives, friends and neighbors to the house for a big party. After the nice lunch, they come outdoors and start a pretty interesting show:
They tie the child’s legs with rope and several kids start racing towards the kid from far away. Whoever reaches first gets a chance of cutting the rope from child’s legs. They hope that the child will also grow as fast as that winner boy. This is the spirit and great blessings for the future of the child!