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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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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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Lada logo Kyrgyzstan September 14, 2015

A Journey Through Lada-Stan

A photo-essay in my ongoing series from Central Asia. Scroll down for all the

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The strange martian geology of Jeti Oghuz valley near Karakol. August 21, 2015

Jeti Oguz: Geology, Jailoos, and Juxtapositions

In the far north east of Kyrgyzstan lies an enormous lake. It’s called

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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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living scarecrow in a rice field August 7, 2015

Life Along Aceh’s Remote and Stunning West Coast

There is a province in north Sumatra, beyond even North Sumatra. It was known for

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pyjama petrol July 23, 2015

Minangkabau Motorbiking: A Tale of 3 Trips (Indonesia #10)

ONE: The Hunt AS I SHUFFLED DOWN the stairs to begin a decidedly lazy day, Uli my

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A kite ('layang layang') competition in rural Sumatra. July 21, 2015

The Wondrous Kite Competitions of the Central Sumatra Highlands

In central Sumatra after rice harvests, the empty paddies provide excellent areas

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cute kids playing with bubble wands in Bukittinggi June 12, 2015

Fire, Flood, and Dangdut: The Longest Bus Ride (Indonesia #9)

“Are you joking? Can you check again?” There was only one bus per day, and he

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May 23, 2015

Defying Expectations (Indonesia #8)

Part of this website’s byline is ‘Unexpect’.  I’ve yet to fully

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