Thursday, October 12, 2006

Greetings from London

Year 06 Art Projects look amazing!!! If you're in the London area do stop in. Details on their website.

We have very little time this morning, but I wanted to post a few pix from our trip.

No, that's not a new Beefeater costume you see's an Ak-Sakal (white beard) in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. This exquisite gentleman is a respected leader of the community and it took all the charm Bambino could muster (which is considerable) to convince him to let us take his photo. In addition to the traditional Kyrgyz costume, he was also wearing the coolest pair of sunglasses...but, alas, he took them off right before we snapped.

We stayed on Bambino's family farm outside At-Bashay. It's located about 30-40 kilometers from the border with China and the locals say if you have a good horse, and know your way, you can cross the mountains separating them in to arrive in China in about three hours. It looked to me as if it would take three months, but I'm not much on a horse. Here's the view from the edge of Bambino's family farm:

Here's Bambino with his aunt, who now owns the farm (Bambino's mother moved to city before he was born):

We also visited Burana, which is the site of an 11th century minaret (pix of that to follow), but where they've also collected these wonderful carved tombstones. This guy (who came to be knows as "dosum," or "my friend") is drinking kumiz (sp?) the national drink from his cup.

Lots more pix to come when we have more, we have to get ready for the fair.

Hope all is well in NYC. Heard about the plane crash...hope it's not too bad.



Blogger Tyler said...

Now THAT is a view.

10/12/2006 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger onesock said...

yes breathtaking!!

10/12/2006 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

What a wonderful trip. You would both look smashing, walking thru Chelsea in one of those coats.

10/13/2006 07:03:00 AM  
Anonymous bambino said...


have more but i think will be posted later

10/13/2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon said...


10/14/2006 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger hlowe said...

WOW. That hike over the hills sure looks tempting.

Have you seen any manuscripts of the Kyrgyz epic Manas?

10/15/2006 10:18:00 PM  

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