Kyrgyzstan is a former soviet country and does not often reach the top of people’s travel bucket lists. I went to Bishkek on a whim for a long weekend in October 2016 with a few friends. We had very few expectations, we didn’t have time to form expectations, but it was one of my all time favourite trips because it was so random and surprisingly fun. People visit Kyrgyzstan mostly to trek the Tien Shen mountains and often just pass through Bishkek but the city is definitely worth a tour. You can read about what we did that weekend here.