Horsing Around

Ala-Too mountains on the south side of Lake Issyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan, on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Enter the canyon.

 


“Jaqshë, Erik?” Baha asks me to see if I’m doing okay.

“Jaqshë,” I reply. We take a couple of selfies on horseback as we exit the canyon and head towards the mountains.



Two horses and a guy looking at his cell phone. Not shown: another guy on his cell phone to take this photo.



We traverse through some farmlands where the horses can’t help but drink from the water flowing from irrigation canals. Baha says it’s the horses drinking their chai.



The horses hike up another big hill, revealing another spectacular view of a valley. What goes up, must go down, and my horse nervously continues downward as he did the day before.



Horses look like ants compared to the Ala-Too mountains.


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This is what it’s like to horseback ride in the countryside of Kyrgyzstan. Needless to say, I am very saddle sore and my back is killing me.


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This dispatch is one of over 70 travel dispatches from the trip grouped and titled, "The Global Trip: 'Stan By Me." It's an archived compilation of Instagram and Facebook posts which chronicled a trip through three countries in Central Asia: Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

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