So, here’s the thing: I’m not always a very good traveller.

Sometimes I yell at taxi drivers, seek out western food and even – shock, horror – spend a little bit too much time catching up with friends on Facebook, while drinking Cappuccinos. (I hasten to add that taxi driver charged me five times too much before I’d even had my morning coffee.) Ahem.

But truth be told, travelling can be exhausting. Rewarding, inspiring, fascinating and extremely fulfilling – but also exhausting. And sometimes, after a 12 hour marshrutka ride across dirt tracks, or a five day stay at homestays on hard floors where you’ve eaten questionable pieces of meat and taken nothing but bucket showers, you just need to stand still for a minute. And eat sushi.

And that is precisely how we found ourselves at Sin City, sorry Sun City outdoor swimming pool, a glistening blue oasis in the middle of Kyrgzstan’s sweltering capital city.

But we were not alone. As we sunbathed besides the large pool we were kept cool by big child-sized splashes of water (and cold beer on tap). Seriously I’ve never known a nation of children to spend so much time jumping into a pool.

Meanwhile, huge speakers blare out everything from Gotye to Kyrgz pop, friendly waiting staff tend to your every need, and there is pizza and sushi on the menu.

And do you know what? I’ll probably be a bad traveller tomorrow too.

Enjoy the Instragram snaps and have a wonderful weekend xx


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Travel Tips

Sun City Swimming Pool and Gym/Fitness Centre is on Shabdan Baatyr Street, just of Chuy Avenue in Bishkek.

Here’s a little map:


Gym entrance costs 600 Kyrgz Sommes while all day besides the pool costs 550. The gym is well equipped and modern.

There are three pools – one about 25 metres long and two smaller ones including a kids pool with a play equipment. There are plenty of sun loungers, chairs and tables around the pool and the restaurant is very, very good!

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