The driver asked if we wanted to stop for a while and of course we accepted. We spent some half an hour watching that surreal activity and then back into the minibus for the last few kilometers till Osh.
It was already quite late and that day we just went to the ATM for some money (in Kyrgyzstan no problems at all, as most of the ATMs accept Visa and MasterCard) and to try to find a place to eat. This last activity was a bit difficult, as the only two places we found by the hotel were undergoing some wedding celebrations, so the only option was having dinner at the hotel restaurant, not very good but the only choice.
After a few time there and being the main attraction of the locals, an old man approached us and with a really good English offered to show us around. He explained us everything about the market, how much were the animals, took us to the horse section, told us to take pictures here and there... and finally told us to go with him to town, he would gave us a tour of the city.
We spent almost all day with him, going to have lunch (some shashlik), then going up to the mountain in the middle of Osh for some views of the city and finally to the main bazar. In the bazar he took us to some shops selling really nice and cheap souvenirs, so we got ourselves an ak-kalpak (traditional Kyrgyz hat), we walked around greeting a lot of people on the way (everybody knows the man, there) and we went for some more shashlik, this time with a bottle of local cognac he went to buy.
We spent the lunch time talking about his family, his past, Kyrgyzstan and stuff and when we finished he just wished us luck, and the oly thing he wanted in exchange for all the guidance was 100 soms. Yes, it was like experiencing Iranian hospitality again!
We got to the marshrutkas place and asking around we met a driver who told us it was 1000 soms per person to go to Bishkek the following day, the trip should take 12 hours and he could just come at 10 in the morning and pick us up at the hotel. Great!
With everything planned, we went back to the hotel, had some dinner at the restaurant (yes, again the restaurants close to the hotel were celebrating weddings) and went to sleep.
The two days spent in Osh were good. Although Osh itself is nothing special, the animal market and especially the man we met made it a really good experience overall. Now we were just looking forward to arrive in Bishkek and spend at least 5 days there, resting, updating the web and celebrating a bit Christmas, although in all these ex-Soviet countries Christmas in on the 7th of January, not on the 25th of December.
You can now check our Osh travel guide in case you end up in this Kyrgyz town! Pictures coming soon!