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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Bishkek. They wrote...

"Not flushing toilet paper. Squatting toilets. Burning rubbish -- even plastic. People always running late. People come late to show that they are important by making you wait for them. How men don't shake the hands of women, even in business. Always having to offer something to someone at least 3 times because they will refuse it unless you insist on it, even if they want it," remarked another expat in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

"Expats in Bishkek often find the language barrier to be the most challenging aspect of the local culture. Kyrgyz is the official language, and many locals do not speak English. Additionally, the Kyrgyz culture is very traditional and conservative, and expats may find it difficult to adjust to the local customs and etiquette. Furthermore, the Kyrgyz people are very hospitable and generous, and expats may find it difficult to refuse offers of hospitality or gifts. Finally, the Kyrgyz people are very proud of their culture and traditions, and expats may find it difficult to navigate the cultural nuances," said a member in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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