We were glad we made the steep, snowy and therefore slippery passages on the way to the border without major damage. At the customs in Kyrgyzstan we spent about three hours. We should pay an Eco tax, but there was no official price list. So we negotiated for a long time and bargained for the exchange rate, since we only had US dollars with us. Magriet payed the taxes with a disparaging gesture and the customs officer wanted to send the Dutch’s back to no-man’s-land for the night. But Lukas interfered and solved the problem, so we were able to travel on together.