Bishkek City | Kyrgyzstan Vidblog: Wheat drink, Shopping Mall, Driving to Lake Issyk-Kul

Updated : Sep 14, 2019 in Articles

Bishkek City | Kyrgyzstan Vidblog: Wheat drink, Shopping Mall, Driving to Lake Issyk-Kul


There’s Teresa and Tynan! We’re at the Airport here in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan. There’s Mike from London. Hey Mike and his brown shoes. We landed in from a late night flight to Bishkek
early in the morning. Driving to downtown Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan
with our ex military driver who didn’t speak a word of English, but we used Google translate
as we navigated through old downtown Soviet buildings. Hello, we’re here in Bishkek and we are going
to change money at the currency exchange place and Tynan’s getting his backpack out of the
car. Teresa just got out. Here’s Mike in the back. Don’t miss Mike’s shoes. We’re ready for fun. We transferred money here at the currency
exchange.. Note how low the spread is between the buy
and sell of U.S. dollars. Well, I got some big news. We’re making a special stop here to try the
national drink of Kyrgyzstan. Everybody on the trip is very excited about
this. Tynan, how bout you? Yeah. I asked for the stop as it may come as a surprise
to you, I love to experience the local culture and so here we’re getting to experience that
first hand. This is a drink we saw being sold on every
single street corner all around Bishkek so we had to give it a try. Alright, here’s the beverage that I just got. Tynan just got some. Let’s see, Tynan, take a big sippo. Well we’re having one of the national drinks
here in Kyrgyzstan and this is my first time to try it. Let’s see how it goes. Mmmm, and now Nick will try the other one. This is different. Try that. It’s delicious. Wow. Okay, but real talk the taste is, I think
it’s a whey based milk drink. It tastes a little bit sour in a good way. Do you taste the carbonation? Yeah, it’s fizzy. Yes, it’s also fizzy and so we think that
it’s like a fizzy milk. Uh maybe a chocolate drink. I got some more news about this. It’s from sprouted wheat and it’s a very healthy,
beneficial drink. We just had breakfast at this place called
Café Paris and I didn’t record anything there because it wasn’t too memorable. It’s the type of fancy place they take foreigners
to and the neat thing was though that when we were inside we met an illusionist who did
some magic tricks for us. This is the car, by the way, that we are driving
in. Wow. It was very spacious. Let’s look inside and whoops, there’s Teresa. Oh my gosh. Right over here is a nice fur coat store. We’re inside of a mall in Bishkek that our
driver wanted to go to in order to get some coffee. I’ve never been to Bishkek before, let alone
a mall. I’ll just show you around to show you what
it’s like. Hey Tynan, how’s the mall so far? Best Bishkek mall I’ve ever been to. Look here’s a Ferrari. Normal thing. This is what all the local drive. Alright, I know that malls are probably the
same just about anywhere but our driver wanted to go inside to get a cup of coffee at this
café place so we went alone and looked around. Tynan jumped on stage. Made a little presentation. I’m gonna cut the rest of the mall video and
just get back on the road. We’re driving about three or four hours to
an enormous lake outside of the capital. We’re driving down this highway and there’s
tons of vendors like this selling corn. We’ve probably passed by dozens of them. All these people just selling corn and there
waving at us to buy their corn. This
was a very scenic drive. It kind of reminding me about driving in Colorado
with my sister Emily. I was so tired though from the flight overnight
and I kept falling asleep. Fast forward about two or three hours, maybe
four hours, and then we finally got there. We got to their lake house. Hello, we’re here at the house and they’ve
laid out an enormous feast for us. Come and look what has been laid out. These are fresh peaches and plums. There’s apples, sugar cubes, honey, grapes
and what this one? Strawberry jam which we dip the dough. Watch this! Maybe I’ll just do this now. Let’s do it live. Watch this, get ready. This is dough, very traditional Kasack’s food. Mmmm it’s delicious! Alright, we just got the house. The guest house we are staying at. I think maybe this is going to be my room,
I don’t know. There’s the bed back there. Let me show you, I’ll go, there’s another
room here that I really liked. Hello! Gotta show this room cause I like the double
beds. This room is so cool. Check it out. We have come out to the lake. This is what this area is most famous for
and now we’re going to go into the water, jump off of the dock here and check this out. Supposedly it’s supposed to be very, very
cold. Alright, Tynan’s video taping me. We’re gonna see how cold it is. Come on out here. Okay, you go first. He’s gonna go first. Wow. Alright, my plan was to see how cold it was
first to feel it but if he can jump in then I guess I can jump in too so here goes. 1..2..3 woah! Whew! It feels great! These are some of Igoulia’s friends from Kazakhstan
but now we’re in Kyrgyzstan. Hello, welcome! Our host is here. Hello how are you? On a scooter. How is it? It was awesome. So now that the guests have arrived, the second
round of food will be served. That’s Tynan in the background. By the way, Tynan’s my friend who introduced
me to all these people here and I’m thankful to be here with his help. Let me show you what is on the table so far
and what’s getting set up. I’ll say it in English and Ilena in Russian. Tomatoes….That was rice and lamb…and these
were delicious dumplings…thank you! Well we finished dinner. It was delicious and now we’re gonna go walk
around the neighborhood. Thanks for watching. This will be the end of day 1 here in Kyrgyzstan. Stay tuned as we explore this lake tomorrow
and see more with all my friends here.

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