Hotel Aurora

Hotel Aurora

After traveling all day from Almaty, Kazakhstan and crossing the border into Kyrgyzstan, I was unprepared for the beauty of the mountains and Lake Issyk-Kul, the Hawaii of Central Asia.  The Aurora Hotel was modest but the scenery was astounding.  The rooms were large and clean.  A walkway led to the blue lake.  The evening meal was prepared in the dining room – baked fish, eggplant and pepper salad, grilled potatoes and the staples of Central Asia, beets, carrots, cucumbers and cabbage.  The night was chilly as I returned to my room after being advised that the electricity would be shut off from 10:00 pm until 4:00 am.  Candles and matches were provided in the room.  I think it was the morning weather that charmed me to the Aurora Hotel.  I awoke to a hailstorm and ran under the covered walkways to the dining room where breakfast was served.  The cold cuts, fruit, cheese and chicken and mushroom omelet were warming and the tea was not coffee.  Coffee was rare in Central Asia.  I think it was the spectacular rainbow over the lake following the racket of the hailstorm that made me love the place, that and the rugged mountains and peaceful lake.  I was ready for another day in Central Asia, traveling the Silk Road.