A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Not sure when this report was written but it doesn't accurately describe the Bishkek I live in.
Lots of cultrual diversity that may not be initially apparent. The situtaion since the most recent revolution is calm and tensions are mainly due to some disagreement about the recent election results. Foreigners are no more targets of pickpockets etc than locals and the rule of thumb is don't do stupid things that you would not do in your own country.
the markets are like markets in any country - opportunist thieves make their way to loud or splash the cash individuals - and unsolicited 'offers of help' should be viewed with a healthy dose of caution. Generally people are friendly and approachable - and are pleased when you try to speak even a few rwords in Russian or Kyrgyz, though the manner of speaking might lead you to believe they don't care - that is just the way they are. Prices are not as low as they were - but since most expats don't have a problem with their funds, it's the locals who are most affected by price rises.
Fow women there is an international womens group that makes the introduction to life here a little easier for accompanying spouses.
Above all - leave negativity at home and embrace the experience of being in central Asia.