TASH RABAT: Nazira, 32, grew up around foreign tourists in a mountainous area of Kyrgyzstan near the Chinese border. She helped her parents during the summers to service the foreigners staying in the family’s yurts to visit the nearby 15th century Caravanserai.
Nazira later went to university to study languages, but one summer between semesters, she met a shepherd who was grazing his livestock in the area. She fell in love and left university.
”I like romantic men, but he isn’t very romantic. He just works all the time,” said Nazira with a laugh in a kitchen inside a train wagon.
Nazira, who speaks good English, said she would like to learn Spanish, but doesn’t have the time at the moment between taking care of her children and the tourists.
Her family is building a new home in the nearby town, which she hopes to turn into a B&B for travelers during the offseason.