Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Burana Tower

Today, after leaving the orphanage, we visited Burana Tower. It's a large minaret that is part of the remains of an ancient city established at the end of the 9th century. You can climb the metal spiral staircase on the outside for part of the way and then steep steps inside the tower to get to the top, where you are supposed to make a wish. From there, you get a great view of the mountains in both Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. It was such a sunny, clear day, so I was finally able to get some pictures of the beautiful scenery. Sometimes I feel like I'm back in Colorado!

While we were visiting, some men were building a yurt nearby. I'm not sure if it will stay there permanently or why they were building it today, but it was really cool to watch the process. I love this shot, because it's got so many Kyrgyz elements...a stray dog, a traditional rug (shyrdak), the building of the yurt, etc.

It was the perfect day to visit this tourist attraction, and the yurt building was just a bonus! In January, Zack and I are doing a snowshoe trip to stay at a yurt in Colorado for a weekend, so we will remember our time in Kyrgyzstan when we saw the real deal being made!

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