Salkyn-Tor is a national park in the Naryn region of Kyrgyzstan, and it’s totally underrated. I could not believe the views from start to finish and can’t recommend this hike enough for anyone in the region.
I’ve been back from Bishkek for almost a week now but it has been way too busy to write anything! Camp is one week in and things have been nonstop. But Bishkek was so much fun, and I’ve been meaning to post some pictures!
Today is the last day of training, which we’ve been doing for the last four days. From getting to know the university and the Aga Khan Development Network to playing team building exercises, we’ve covered a lot of ground and I’m feeling a lot more prepared for camp!
There isn’t a lot of opportunity to get off campus because of the tight schedule and some local tensions, so when four of us got permission to get up early and try our luck at hiking up one of the mountains that surround the campus we jumped at it!
I made it! I’m sitting in my dorm on the beautiful, brand-new Naryn campus of University of Central Asia. After a long drive and a well-needed shower, we met the team and got to know the campus. It’s been an incredibly long day and I’m excited to get a proper start tomorrow after a good sleep.
Today marks the start of a new adventure! I’m on my way to Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic for a month-long position with the University of Central Asia, where I’ll be working as an English-immersion counsellor at their summer upgrading camp. While I’ve been to East and South-East Asia, and other post-Soviet countries in Eurasia, this is my first time to Central Asia and the Steppes, and I’m so excited to be here!
Isla Baru is absolute paradise. It’s one of those places I close my eyes and dream of on a rainy day. Sure, it’s quite isolated and not easily accessible, but once you get there you have no desire to leave, so the lack of mobility isn’t an issue at all. We spent two nights/three days there, and although part of me would like to stay forever, it was a perfect little escape.
Our first stop in Colombia was Cartagena, the beautiful caribbean city in the north of the country that looks more like a perfectly preserved colonial town than a major city. Cartagena is warm, busy, and has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever tried. I’d give anything to be back there right now.
Ten days in Colombia was not enough! From Feb 17 to 27 I went to Colombia with my Dad, sister, and her boyfriend. It was by no means a backpacker’s trip – We stayed at some beautiful places and ate some really amazing meals. In the ten days we visited Cartagena, Baru, and Bogota, and there’s nowhere I don’t want to go back to!
With only limited time to see Iceland, I had to make my one full day trip count. The most popular tour from Reykjavik is the Golden Circle, but I opted for the Southern Coast, famous for its waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches.