This weekend a couple local friends and I drove out to Burana Tower, a former minaret in a town called Tokmok, about an hour by car outside the capital Bishkek. The minaret, along with mausoleums, grave markers, and castle remnants, is all that remains of a 9th century town in Kyrgyzstan’s Chui Valley. As usual in such a diverse country, Burana Tower makes for a fascinating and beautiful scene. The brick minaret and its winding staircase tower over the area, while grave markers resembling Easter Island statues are scattered throughout the valley. Yurts, the traditional form of Kyrgyz nomadic housing, are set up throughout the vicinity, and the ubiquitous snow-capped Kyrgyz mountains surround the entire valley. It was a fun trip with lots of adventures along the way, including asking a Tajik farm worker for directions, and stopping for кымыз, the traditional Kyrgyz refreshment made from fermented mare’s milk. All in all, a great way to spend a Sunday morning here in Киргизия.