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ridiculous hitchhike on the pamir highway May 18, 2016

Our Ridiculous Ride on the Pamir Highway (Stans #8)

I spent two months in Central Asia, immersing myself in landscapes, history, culture

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tajikistan mountains April 13, 2016

Broken Rules, Broken Roads, and Broken Spirits (Stans #7)

It was sometime about an hour after my escape from the bureaucratic clutches of the

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March 14, 2016

Escape Velocity (Stans #6)

I was finally able to eat again. It had been a longer than usual bout of travel

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December 28, 2015

Death by Bureaucratic Exhaustion (Stans #5)

The first stage of the infamously frustrating Uzbekistan border-crossing experience

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October 28, 2015

Falling into Fate’s Drunken Arms: A Hitchhike in Kyrgyzstan (Stans...

I arrived after dark at the road junction. Before I could even unload my backpack or

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Mother and two children in Kyrgyzstan October 15, 2015

Orphans, Occupiers, and Escapees (Stans #3)

IT ALL STARTED LIKE many travel stories. At an airport. But this time was different,

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Kyrgyzstan river long exposure landscape September 30, 2015

Stalin’s Handprints and Soviet Footprints (Stans #2)

This is part 2 of my introduction to ‘the Stans’ of Central Asia. You

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Manas and Kyrgyzstan flag in Bishkek August 21, 2015

Where the heck is Kyrjikistan? (A Fingerful of Central Asian...

AFTER EXPLAINING MY ITINERARY, she paused on the other end of the line. “Where the

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Camping at a river delta in the Pamir Mountains, inside a leaky $20 tent we named 'Oliver'. May 4, 2016

Getting High in Tajikistan: Magnificent Mountain Moments

Tajikistan has some hills. I already told you all about this. But now I want to show

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a vegetable vendor in one of Khiva's markets. February 24, 2016

Stranger Stories: The People of Uzbekistan

During my world wandering I seem to have developed something of a knack for

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Framing Uzbek's ancient cities January 7, 2016

Street Life in Uzbekistan’s Ancient Cities

Borders. Delighting cartographers; thwarting travellers. In Stans #5 I gave you a

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karakol valley trekking September 27, 2015

Awesome Alpine Panoramas, from ‘the Switzerland of Central Asia’

Kyrgyzstan is often called “the Switzerland of Central Asia”. Wondering

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