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We were riding out of Osh when we were spontaneously invited to a young Kyrgyz boy's Toi, or circumcision ceremony. This party is only partly for the boy, and generally more about the boy's family. After eating together, gifts are presented to the parents and grandparents, most commonly new clothes. Then there's a prayer, and then the dancing starts - young and old alike.
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While we were in Osh we visited the local religious site of Solomon's Throne - a big rock mountain near the centre of town. On the walk up there are several interesting sites, including a cave that, according to legend, leads to Mecca, and this rock that apparently heals ailments if you slide down it with the afflicted body part facing the rock. Looks like this man had a sore tummy.
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This was perhaps the most extreme religious person we have met yet, in Shamaldisay, near the Uzbekistan border. It was a very interesting time for us. This man would not even look at Megan. While she was invisible, she took the opportunity to film this awkward moment for Roger.
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The road from Jelalabad to Kazarman was not in the best condition, and it went over a 3000 m mountain pass. Here we are just pulling into a tranquil campsite at the base of the climb. Anticipating a blow-out or a flip on the very uneven stones, we thought we'd film the fun.
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This is a pretty typical situation for us. Riding into a rural village, we are invited for tea at someone's house, and then we follow them as they lead the way through the side streets to their house. As always, we have our very own entourage of village children.
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In Kara-Bulak we were treated to a show of the traditional music ensemble. Seated at the front are girls playing the Komuz - the iconic Kyrgyz three-stringed lute instrument.
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Oh dear. We'd already been deported from Uzbekistan and had vowed to OVIR that we'd be good for the next year or else. But less than 3 months later we found ourselves on a road that our GPS was telling us was in Uzbekistan, not Kyrgyzstan as we had hoped. Without a visa.
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Inching toward the top of the 3000 m pass between Jelalabad and Kazarman.

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