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Guesthouse Warning

Life on the roads is lived with strangers and no on the safe, familiar surroundings of your close friends. So sometimes, just sometimes, does bad thing happens.

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Sakura Guesthouse is the most popular guesthouse in Bishkek, and probably the best too, was unfortunately shaken by a rather disgusting event when I visited.

Thus is this a warning against staying there, or at least to stay alert when there.

During a Monday night of my stay there, the male owner of the guesthouse got very drunk with a group of guest on the roof terrace. While everybody else was down stairs, he soaked one female guest in vodka to a degree that she passed out. Having more sober friends around she was taken to her room and put to bed.
This, however, did not stop the owner from suddenly finding himself back on the roof terrace with her a little later. Locking the door from the outside, refusing to open, claiming he 'lost the key' when guests knocked, he proceeded rape (sexual assaulted seems too mild a term here) the passed out girl eventually leaving her on the roof.

I don't have all the details and most people had been drinking that night, but meeting the next afternoon everybody’s view of the event fitted surprising nicely together. Note that the there's windows next to the door and that guest could actually witness what was going on.

Both the guesthouse owner and the girl said they didn't remember anything from the night, so reporting this to the police didn't seem fruitful (and I doubt that the Kyrgyz police would have cared much)... Instead did the rest of us guest decided to write out warnings to out fellow travellers. Both through Lonely Planet and other guidebooks, and if we had any other means of communication - like this one.
After agreeing on that most of us left the guesthouse.

So this is my warning to my fellow travellers, especially female: Don't stay at Sakura Guesthouse, and if you do - don't go drinking with the owner!!

Posted by askgudmundsen 23:11 Archived in Kyrgyzstan Tagged guesthouse bishkek sakura assualt

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