Chris Edling came to Bishkek from
-What surprises you in
— I came to
I’ve been here for 18 months and heard a lot of stories. Some of them were tragic, when women were kidnapped, beaten, forced to live with the unloved. This is one of the types of gender inequality, and it is very difficult to talk about it and listen to such stories.
Inequality is everywhere, but bride kidnapping is a new kind of inequality for me.Chris Edling
But not everything is so straightforward. I heard other stories, romantic, when a bride was kidnapped upon prior agreement. And if the first variant we would call a kidnapping, then the second is more like elopement. If people hear about bride kidnapping for the first time, they do not understand the reasons that push people to it. They do not understand the factors that put pressure on people, but these are economic reasons, pressure of parents and much more. One of the chapters of my book is devoted to this. I do not want people to see only a barbarous custom, not understanding all the factors.
-What disappoints you in
— I’m annoyed at taxi drivers who meet at the airport. They see that I am (speaks Russian) a FOREIGNER, and immediately rise prices. I, of course, try to be polite, but sometimes it does not help. The pressure from taxi drivers is a strong cultural shock for a man from the
-What are three things you like in
— The first thing I liked was nature. Before I came to
The second is mutual assistance and mutual support of people. I walk down the street and see that someone has problems with a car. And strange people come and help. I think it’s great.
And one more thing — lepyoshka (flatbread)! This was the first thing I tasted in
-Do you have favorite places in
-If you come to
My favorite town in Kyrgyzstan is Toktogul. This is not the main place for tourists, and it is a pity that they do not see this beauty — a town surrounded by mountains, where in the evening it seems that the sun sets right in the lake.Chris Edling
I took my camera, laptop and went for a walk. I looked at the houses scattered over the hills, heard dogs barking, people doing their own things, and all this created an amazing pacification. And when I was returning back, I found my foot on the football field. The boys were kicking the ball around.
But this ordinary picture seemed incredibly majestic to me because of the magnificent mountains and thanks to the nature around. And this is the image of