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Expat Report Info about Bishkek International Women's Club in BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan was published
Describe your group.
A forum and a social and support network for expatriate women in Kyrgyzstan to meet, to share information and advice, and to help each other settle in. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Not many organized groups I heard of except the Harriers, a running/socializing group that meets every week. However, there are a load of volunteer activities, especially tutoring in English (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
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.
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Expat Report Moving to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was published
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
I recommend living in the city of Bishkek. Everything is in walking distance and there are nice parks. (Continue)

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