Russian as a Second Language in Bishkek and Irkutsk

Program Evaluation Russian as a Second Language in Bishkek and Irkutsk (plus Home and Abroad Scholarship)   Academic Program in Bishkek and Irkutsk Bishkek First, the basics. I was in the Russian as a Second Language program....

My Budget in Bishkek

I have generally found Bishkek to be a really cheap city to live in (with the caveat that I’m from New York, and I find most cities to be pretty cheap!). I’ve often been surprised...

Barclay’s Sports Bar in Bishkek

Barclay’s Pub 52 Baatik Baatyr Street 17:00-24:00 Entrees around $8-10 Barclays is a very nice sports bar located just a block away from the London School. This is definitely one of my favorite places to...

The Coffee House in Bishkek

The Coffee House 27/1 Gorky St. 9:00- 23:00 Coffee and Snack from $5 I decided to try another coffee place close to the London School called The Coffee House, which is conveniently located inside the...

DoDo Pizza in Bishkek

DoDo Pizza 101/1 Shopokov Street 8:00-24:00 Pizza for $3 Free drinks at lunch Soon after arriving Bishkek my friend and I decided to find the best pizza restaurant in the city. We now have a...

Imperial Pizza in Bishkek

Imperial Pizza / Империя Пизза 27/1 Gorky Street 8:00-24:00 Pizzas for $4 Imperial Pizza is one of the two best pizza places in Bishkek in my personal opinion. (The other is DoDo, by the way.)...

Smokie’s BBQ in Bishkek

Smokie’s Open 24 hours Zhukeeva Pudovkina Steet and Doneteskaya Street, Bishkek Meals for around $14 Something I didn’t think I’d end up craving but inevitably did was barbecue food, in particular a pulled pork sandwich....

Relax Coffee in Bishkek

Relax Coffee 140 Toktogul Street 8:00- 24:00 Meals from about $10 For ex-pat (homesick) food, I recommend Relax Coffee to anyone in Bishkek. Although it is the most expensive restaurant I’ve personally been to in...

Fitness House in Bishkek

Fitness House 7:00-23:00 67/1 Baatik Baatura Street $30 per month Although I have many hobbies, my favorite pastime for the last seven years has been lifting, especially powerlifting. When I came to Bishkek, I was...

Jiu-Jitsu Training in Bishkek

Top Team Jiu-Jitsu Training Sessions are at different times I trained M/W/F 7:00-9:00 P.M. Located on Geological Street (It’s the first alley on Baatik Baatura after you pass Vefa walking from the School) When I...

Travel to Georgia from Bishkek

Travel to Georgia from Bishkek ~$400 for a 6-day trip I am currently a student in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan but I love traveling in general. Therefore, when my friend studying in Moscow asked me if I’d...

Cup and Cake Coffee in Bishkek

Cup and Cake 9:30-12:00 (P.M.) 114 Gorky Street At a certain point, everyone just wants a great café to drink coffee, catch up on work, and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. Luckily there are a few...

As-Kazan – Local Food in Bishkek

As-Kazan Кулатова, 20 9:00- 10:00 Main Dishes from $3 As-Kazan has been one of my favorite restaurants throughout my time here in Bishkek. Colloquially referred to as the “Lagman Shop” by my friends, As-Kazan is...

Cooksoo – Great Korean Food in Bishkek

Cooksoo Байтик Баатыра 43 11:00-9:30 Main Courses from $3 Cooksoo has become one of my favorite restaurants in Bishkek since I arrived five weeks ago. Between the close proximity, great prices, friendly service, and quality...

Room Pub in Bishkek

Room Pub Б. Юнусалиева 142 10:00-2:00 (P.M) Drinks and Dishes under $3 The Room Pub is the definition of a quality hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Originally found by my friends just wandering around Bishkek, the Room Pub...

Art in Russia

Any student interested in art should see our sister site, ARTINRUSSIA.org. ARTINRUSSIA is a division of The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) dedicated to helping artists develop their personal practice through the educational...

Burger Club in Bishkek

Burger Club 9:00-22:00 150a Chui Prospect Meals for around $3 At some point during everyone’s time in Bishkek they are going to think to themselves, “Wow I really want American fast food, like maybe a...

Burger House in Bishkek

Burger House 9:30-23:00 71 Kievskaya Street Entrees for around $5 There comes a time for every American student in Bishkek, when he/she just wants American food again. Having spent quality time exploring every popular expat...

Home Sweet Yurt

Yurts are felt-covered, portable housing that have long been used throughout Central Asia. Although the region is urbanizing, the Kyrgyz still know and follow the traditional customs that surround the traditional yurt. Hospitality is revered...

Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Horse Trekking in Kyrgyzstan Glaciers and Vodka Baths A Review of Kyrgyz Summer Adventure, an SRAS educational program One of my absolute favorite things about travelling is the sensations one experiences when waking up and...

Preparing for and Coping with Culture Shock

Some of our students report not feeling culture shock at all. Some are surprised by how much culture shock they experience. Often, those most affected by culture shock are those who did not expect to...

The Art of Daily Practice and Conversations

It’s a little bit surprising to look at the calendar and think that half of my first semester in Vladivostok is already gone. Seven weeks seem to have effortlessly drifted by in strict contention with...

Minorities Abroad: Additional Resources

This site isn’t the only resource for minority students studying in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe! Below is a collection of interesting and useful sites from around the web, featuring videos, interviews, and much more....

Bishkek Street Food: Corn on the Cob

Горячая кукуруза / Hot Corn Address: Throughout Bishkek Price: 50 som (about $0.75) for one large cob, but varies with seller and market. During the summer months one can find plenty of things to buy...

Global Village Festival in Bishkek

AIESEC “Global Village” Cultural Festival Bishkek Park Shopping Center Free Globalvillage.aiesec.kg and on Facebook The Global Village festival is put on every year by the exchange program AIESEC based at the American University of Central...

Eco-Cup Environmental Movie Festival

ЭкоЧашка / Eco-Cup Дом Кино, ул. Логвиненко 13 FRMI.kg and on Facebook Finding out about events in general in Bishkek has been a bit of a challenge and then finding them physically has always been...

National Library of Kyrgyzstan

The National Library of Kyrgyzstan/Национальная библиотека Кыргызской Республики Address: 208 Советская near the National Art Museum Hours: 9-5 every day, closed on the last Friday of the month Price: Day Pass is 5 som, Year-long...

Ruh-Ordo Complex – a Day Trip from Bishkek

Ruh-Ordo Complex/ Культурный центр Рух-Ордо Address: Чолпон-Ата, Киргизия Hours 9-5 Monday-Sunday Admission: 300 som Ruhordo.kg If you visit Lake Issyk-Kul during the summer, check out the Ruh-Ordo Complex at Cholpon-Ata. This complex is an open air museum...

Kyrgyz Horse Games – a Day Trip from Bishkek

National Kyrgyz Horse Games / Националные конно-спортивные игры Address: Ипподром near Cholpon-Ata on Issyk-Kul Free This year elections for the Issyk-Kul region were coming. This does not affect life much as a temporary student in Kyrgyzstan...

Making Lagman in Bishkek

One of the cultural classes we have done with SRAS is a cooking class. In the cooking class we were taught how to make Lagman, one of the main dishes of the shepherding cultures of...

Bishkek Irrigation Canals

There is a lot going on in Bishkek and there are a lot of pleasant parks and a few wide, shaded boulevards. While walking along them looking around, in the quieter areas, you will notice...

The Vegetarian’s Guide to Bishkek

Being a vegetarian in Bishkek was not nearly as challenging as I had expected it to be. This incomplete guide covers some of the places and dishes I discovered during my nine months in Kyrgyzstan’s...