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The footpath from the Meerim Park along the Kamel River is closed today. So we have to walk along the Lenin Avenue up to the city center park.
In the City Park, a little surprise awaits us. A Soviet jet plane parks here.
Another attraction is a Ferris wheel. We walk parallel to the Kamel River in northern direction to the Jayma Bazaar. Everywhere are stalls with candy, ice or a snack.
In between are many fairground rides or stalls for the entertainment of the children.But also the adults find their entertainment. Women have a chat over a drink, while the men find the muse to play chess.
The Jayma Bazaar is more than 3000 years old and probably the biggest market in Central Asia. During our first visit at the Jayma Bazaar, we only found the area with clothing, food, fruit, and household goods.
This is different today. Abdullaev Atabek from Destination Osh knows his way around here very well. He first keeps left, in the west of the bazaar. After visiting a souvenir stand with nice chess games, he shows us a booth that offers accordions.
Then we reach a place with heavily dilapidated sales booths. Two days ago we have seen them. But we thought that they are no longer needed and that the bazaar ends here. But these are stalls that were devastated during the riots in 2010 and have not been restored since then.
After that, we pass stalls with lovely carpets, a broom binder and a place where people are looking for jobs.
A large sales booth with sewing machines drags us into its spell. You can certainly find some rarities here.
The creches for the babies also occupy a large space. One explains us the “drainage system” in detail.
At the next square, we find knives and food. Pig feet seem to be of great popularity. Also, textiles can be found here again.
At the end of the tour, we arrive at the metalworking companies. Here, one forges, polishes and hammers.
Afterward, we drive a short way by car. Then it is time to say goodbye to the destination managers and employees of USAID. Atabek invites us for a small lunch in a restaurant with the best Manti in the city. Mantis are stuffed dumplings. We try the variant with pumpkin and minced meat.
For us, the day is not over yet, because we want to test the drone for the first time.
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Disclosure: Our trip was organized in cooperation with Discover Kyrgyzstan, and made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). All opinions are our own.
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