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Homeward Bound

I mentioned in the last post that I shot through Azerbaijan and most of Georgia, staying at the seaside city of Batumi. I thought I’d...

Banged Up Abroad

A transit visa gives me 5 days to enter and arrive at my designated exit point. I entered via Farap in the South East of Turkmenistan and...

Special, no pics update

Bandwidth has defeated me keeping the blog up to date. So I need to keep this shortish. I will fill in the gaps once I can connect...

Pamir Highway Part 2

The roads deteriorated as we progressed eastwards. They were generally stony/rocky and/or sandy. We were climbing higher too (well ok,...

Pamir Highway - part 1

I’m sorry about the delay in getting this report to you. The Pamirs are simply beautiful but simply extends to very poor internet...

Summer in Samarkand

No problems finding petrol for the journey thankfully. Uzbekistan is known for petrol shortages as it tries to push everyone to LPG,...

Plov Virgin

One non-Bukhara story first.... OK, it’s not a 9th century minaret or a piece of rather lovely honey cake. It was a very old Lada Riva...

So, I've found the silk

Khiva was to be my first ‘tourist’ destination in Uzbekistan. It’s a fairly uninspiring town on approach but then all roads focus on the...

Through the Gates of Hell, into Uzbekistan!

I planned to continue North, then East to Konye-Urgench and to exit Turkmenistan and enter Uzbekistan on the same day. I needed to be in...

Ashgabat 'City of Love'

A loose translation(from farsi) of the name of Turkmenistan’s capital city is ‘the City of Love’. As a tourist, even a transiting one,...

Of camels and white marble

I was extremely tired after my escapade across the Caspian, due to lack of sleep and maybe a bit of heat exhaustion. I should have headed...

Waiting For God Knows What

I realised at the end of the first day that I’m not really built for delays, waiting and the essence of mañana. I realised at the end of...

Temporary blip

I’m in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. I have written a detailed report of my trip over, which I will post as soon as I can. For some reason, my...

Two haircuts in 24 hours

I had the late afternoon and evening to explore Tbilisi. I could have stayed another day there and seen more but the car was parked in...

Are we in Asia yet?

There is no definitive view of when Europe ends and Asia begins. Some bodies say it is the crossing of the Bosphorus (Istanbul). Others...

Alaadinsane

We had a drive of about 4 hours to a city called Sivas. This is a fairly non-descript sort of place – about the size of and with maybe...

Balloons and fairy-tale castles

The early part of the drive from Lake Egirdir gave us spectacular scenery and some steep climbs. Despite the temperatures, there were...

Chillin' by Lake Egirdir

After a long drive to Pumakkale, we took a shortish 3 hour run to Lake Egirdir. It is vast, covering some 480 sq. kms and is set just...

Cool Pools

It was a long drive of just under 6 hours from Istanbul to Pumakkale. Around 2 million people visit here each year. It’s unique. Thermal...

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