21.08.2013 32 °C
We are in country number six, Kyrgyzstan. The time zone is plus two hours from Moscow, making us four hours behind Australian eastern Standard time. Kyrystan is not as well off as Kazakhstan. The hostel owner here in Bishkek tells us that Kyrgyzstan has little to export except nature, water and some gold. The country exchanges water for gas with Uzbekistan, but every winter the price of Uzbek gas goes up. The average Kyrgyzstan wage is about $200 US per month. This helps to put the cost of our upcoming 13 day tour with the CBT (community based tourism) company in to perspective- we are paying around four months worth of wages each and there are four of us...is that truly over a year's wage we are paying...wow!?