Central Asia. It’s bloody brilliant. Seriously. In 2011 I visited Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, all brilliant places. My only regret is that I didn’t work in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Oh and I should have spent longer in all three countries. For travelling, they were simply brilliant. As a backpacker, kind of perfect. The transport is rough and ready, but cheap and adventuresome. The accommodation was always decent, if a little pricey in Kazakhstan, but not for the other two places.
I met wonderful friendly people at every turn. I saw nature, history, and simply some of the most stunning architecture I could imagine from the Islamic World. I saw part of the Silk Road, immortalised by the travels of Marco Polo, by which silk and other goods made its way from China to Europe. There was culture, opera, ballet, there were mountains and stunning scenery. One day I shall go back, yes I shall go back. I am already dreaming of the next opportunity to head to the region.
Blurb for the book:
Take a journey on the road less travelled to two neighbouring countries in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The former is blessed with mountains and natural beauty, the latter with some of the world’s most stunning Islamic architecture. Both feature warm locals, adventure and a brilliant travelling experience for the traveller.
This book is the perfect introduction to the two countries. Chock full of experiences and tips, places to stay, money, transport and more. Although not a guidebook, this book is written with the goal of whetting the appetite for two countries which gave the author nothing but a great time. I visit Biskek, Karakol, Altyn Arashan, Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara. This book also includes a detailed account of travelling from Bishkek to Tashkent in one day, via Kazakhstan, a challenging exercise full of adventure.
Featuring over 45 photos of the region taken by the author, this book is full of love for a brilliant part of the world, the fifth book in the ‘Short Journeys’ range.
‘Short Journeys’ is a series of stories about my travels to different countries. Whilst they are not intended as a guide book, I have endeavoured to include information about where I stayed, what I ate, what I saw and how to go about it if you were to visit the countries in question. My previous writings – the ‘Dhaka to Dakar’ books, were simply travel experiences. This time I wanted to go a little further for the reader.
I wanted to include any stories and experiences I thought were interesting, important or amusing whilst I was travelling. I want to encourage you the reader to read, think about, and then perhaps go there yourself. You will find information on the places I stayed and visited, and how I got there and around.