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Desert Days Part Two: Khiva to Bukhara – 13th Nov

Riding out of the walled city of Khiva on the morning of 10 November was an amazing feeling –  though an equally daunting one at the same time. Our crossing of the first section of the Kyzyl Kum desert to … Continue reading

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Desert Days Part One: Getting to Khiva – 9th Nov

We’ve now entered our second Stan of the trip – Uzbekistan. Due to not getting visas for Iran or Turkmenistan we were forced north to Kazakhstan and  to enter Uzbekistan at its most north westerly point. We will be leaving Uzbekistan … Continue reading

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Getting to know the Stans – 5th Nov

Before we write too much more about what turned into a gruelling desert crossing of Uzbekistan, I wanted to share a few geography lessons I’ve got to grips with along the way. Central Asia is slowly becoming an adventure tourist … Continue reading

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Great Country Kazakhstan – 3rd Nov

Apparently the Professor made an early morning arrival at the Kazakh port of Aktau, but as we woke up at midday in our cabin we had neither been chucked off the freight ferry nor were we on our way back … Continue reading

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Operation Get Fat For Christmas – 1st Nov

We have just landed in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Food on the Professor was predictably basic: packed biscuits and plastic sausages. They actually had a crew member in the galley whose sole purpose on the crossing was to boil these plastic sausages. … Continue reading

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Professor Gül – 30th Oct

We are sitting on a cargo ship bound for Kazakhstan. I don’t think I can fully convey my feelings of relief this evening at being onboard this small ship somewhere in the Caspian Sea. As much as we enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Admin battles in Baku – 30th Oct

This is a blow by blow account of our six days in Baku and how we eventually managed, by hook and by crook, to get to Central Asia.  We arrived in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on Thursday 23 October … Continue reading

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