Travel Video – The Colours of Kyrgzstan

Hi all and welcome to a new week. This Monday's video reflects my time in 2011 when I visited the gorgeous country of Kyrgyzstan. From the capital Bishkek to Lake Issk-Kul and Karakol into the mountains and a special little place called Altyn Arashan. Here's a video I compiled. Thanks for stopping by, May the …

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Sunday Spotlight – Semey (Kazakhstan)

Today's Spotlight is shone on the northern city in Kazakhstan of Semey. I ventured there a few years ago now (really I can't believe it's been SIX years! Time is going too fast I tells ya!) as the first city I went to bar Almaty. I took the overnight train, which was quite a cool …

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City Rumble – Bishkek versus Tashkent

You know I concentrate the bulk of my city rumbles on well-known places, but I thought it was time to write a bit more about Central Asia so I hit upon the plan to pit the capital of Kyrgyzstan against the capital of its neighbour, Uzbekistan. Bishkek is the pleasant, leafy capital of Kyrgyzstan, a …

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My Top Ten Countries [Part Two]

Or if you prefer, my top five as I started the top ten last week with numbers 10 to 6. You can find that post HERE. But here are, or should I say were, my top five when I listed them a couple of years back. I would (and plan to) revisit the list at …

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Travel Video – Kazakhstan

Come with me on this little (well, 17 minutes) video of my time in Kazakhstan, entitled ‘Curious Kazakhstan’. It’s been a while since I posted on Central Asia, but I still look at it very fondly. It’s one of the most rewarding places a solo backpacker can head in my opinion. In this city you’ll …

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Value Destinations – Uzbekistan

Hi everyone! In the new year I am searching for some new ideas for posts, and this is one I’ve come up with ‘Value Destinations’ – that’s places that I reckon represent a decent bang for your buck. Some places can be quite frustrating because money disappears at a rate if knots, your accommodation is …

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Foto Friday – Broken Heart in Kyrgyzstan

Here's one of my favourite travel pics. In the background is Jeti-Oguz, or the 'Broken Heart', a large reddish rock that split in two and looks like a, well, broken heart. I was taking photos of it and this local family asked to be in the photo. Slightly odd, yes, but with such a hat, …

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Train Journeys – Almaty to Semey (Kazakhstan)

Ahhh yes I’m taking you Central Asia today for today’s train journey. The journey northward from Kazakhstan’s cultural capital Almaty to the somewhat Russian Semey in the north is certainly a long one, and although a good portion of it is overnight, it’s still rather a special time to spend on the rails.   An …

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