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An Expat Talks about Moving to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Bishkek

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

I wish I had brought more of: my favorite beauty/toiletry items, non-perishable food/sauce mixes, coffee

I wish I had left at home: my good shoes, pasta (there is plenty over here), skirts

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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.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

A house. Most expats live in either a house or apartment in the city.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

Help from husband's employer.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Lower than in my home country.

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