Ruth says: the top photo is of our guest house on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul surroundeed by mountains. As you can see it had a cow and chickens outside and we had the luxury of hole in the ground squat toilets which were a pleasure and a half. The guest house was actually really lovely, and where else in the world can you find a camel, a horse and father Christmas with a snake round his neck all on the beach at the same time.
Bob says: Lake Issyk-Kul is the second largest Alpine lake in the world and sits at 1800 metres above sea level. Everything in Kyrgyzstan is high. Apparantly the average elevation of the country is over 3000 metres.