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The spektator is now online at www.thespektator.co.uk
The pick o the entertainment listings.
Restaurants, Bars, Clubs
All the best bars and clubs in town.
Crosswords, sudoku, and other things todo over a coee.
Issyk Kul Map
Go orth and sunbathe.
Out & About
News and Views
What’s caught our interest this Month?
Although most ethnic Germans have letKyrgyzstan or Europe, David Trilling visitsthe old German village o Rot Front andfnds that some have decided to stay.
Restaurant Review: Damashq
Chris Hattayer samples Bishkek’s takeon Levantine cuisine.
Issyk Kul: A Slapdash Guide
Don’t begin your Issyk Kul holiday withoutreading our guide to some o the high-lights and pitalls that await the summertourist.
The Spektator Magazine
Editor & publisher:
Alex Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org), Robert Marks(email@example.com),Andreas Hedors, Chris Rickleton,Anders Conway, Anthony Butts (firstname.lastname@example.org),Asel Orozalieva
Irina Kasymova(email: email@example.com mobile: 0772 304146)
Want to contribute as a reelancewriter? Please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spektator Magazine is available at locations throughout Bishkek, including:
(Travel Agencies) Adventure Seller, Ak-Sai Travel, Carlson Wagonlit, Celestial Mountains, Eotour, Glavtour,Kyrgyz Concept,Kyrgyz Travel, Muza, NoviNomad (Bars & Restaurants) Cowboy, Hollywood, Metro, New York Pizza, No1, 2x2, Boulevard, Cofeehouse, Doka, Fatboy’s, Four Seasons, Live Bar, Lounge Bar,Meri, Navigator, Stary Edgar’s Veranda, Adriatico, Cyclone, Dolce Vita, Santa Maria, Golden Bull (Casinos) Europa, Golden Dragon, XO (Hotels) Dostuk, Hyatt, Golden Dragon, Holiday, Alpi-nist (Embassies and
Organisations) The UN building, The American base, The German Embassy, The Dutch Consulate, CAMP
Ala-too, NCCR, The Bishkek Opera & Ballet Society.
COVER PHOTO (by Robert Marks)
Lake Issyk Kul rom Skazka Valley
The Som Gang
We begin a two-part look at the characterswho stare out rom Kyrgyz banknotes.
COVER STORY: Mythical Issyk Kul
Long beore Tolstyak and ice cream, Issyk Kulwas witness to a mysterious and sometimesbrutal past. Tom Wellings investigates.
Gilpo’s Big Adventure
How to export a street dog to Europe.
Don’t get lost.
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