I spent 2 separate 6month intervals near Biskek. That whole region is amazing. They have petroglyohs and all kinds of anthropology stuff just laying on top of the ground. The women are beautiful, college educated, and have a 50's american female mindset. WWII Decimated the male population there and its never quite caught up. 7 females for every male there. The men know this and are pretty smug ;o) Id love to live there a while just to explore it. KazAkstan is supposed to be much nicer, more modern, etc. Id love to explore the region.