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Driving Altai’s Austrian road: Katon Karagai, Lake Markakol and Ak Kum

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Trip reports | 0 comments

Driving Altai’s Austrian road: Katon Karagai, Lake Markakol and Ak Kum

The Austrian Road: a legendary track connecting some of the most beautiful sights in the Kazakh Altai.

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In Ashgabat, Shopping = Bazaar-Hopping

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Travel tips | 0 comments

In Ashgabat, Shopping = Bazaar-Hopping

Ashgabat has a lot to love for the serious, bargain-hunting shopper. You can buy babydoll lingerie, furnish a house, entertain a toddler, and satisfy your taste buds with local food fare all in one spot.

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Trekking in Tajikistan: Guidebook review

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in review | 3 comments

Trekking in Tajikistan: Guidebook review

The first guidebook dedicated to trekking in Tajikistan is out, and it only costs 6€. Read our review here.

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Bishkek’s Independence Day Celebrations: Ulak Tartysh, the Art of Dead Goat Grabbing

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Trip reports | 0 comments

Bishkek’s Independence Day Celebrations: Ulak Tartysh, the Art of Dead Goat Grabbing

The sound of car horns rising with the heat of the day, preparations for Independence Day celebrations in Bishkek were well underway

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Horse trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Trip reports | 0 comments

Horse trekking in Kyrgyzstan

“Who needs pre-booking? Let’s do it on our own!” This is what we said, when we got the quote from the trekking company.

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Sary-Chelek: A Distant Beauty

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Places | 0 comments

Sary-Chelek: A Distant Beauty

The lake and surrounding Biosphere Reserve of Sary-Chelek are oft-quoted as one of the most beautiful sights in Kyrgyzstan. A habitat for 1.000 different plants and rare mammals such as bear and lynx, Sary-Chelek is a great place to hike, observe nature or to simply get away from it all.

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Khujand: Northern Capital on the Syr Darya

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Places | 0 comments

Khujand: Northern Capital on the Syr Darya

As one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, founded by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, current-day Khujand (formerly known as Leninobod) functions as the northern capital of Tajikistan. Situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley from where it connects Samarkand with the Fergana Valley, its favorable location allowed Khujand to develop into an important center of trade, industry and agriculture. Surrounded by wonderful apricot gardens, the blossoms change the gloomy winter mood into cheerful in spring. [Show...

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What is the magic of Bukhara?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Places | 2 comments

What is the magic of Bukhara?

Those with an interest in Islamic art and history can wander around Bukhara and its wider oasis for years, tracking down pre-Sogdian ruins, Mongol relics and Sufi sites that channel Shambalic vibrations. The beauty of brickwork is everywhere, and often the interiors aren't half-bad either.

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Landscapes of the M41: Osh-Bishkek

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Best of | 5 comments

Landscapes of the M41: Osh-Bishkek

This drive not only takes you through some amazing scenery and a host of different vegetation levels and climactic zones, it's also a trip across the natural and cultural divide of the country.

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Kyrgyzstan’s Fergana Valley: between radioactivity and territorial conflicts

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Environment | 0 comments

Kyrgyzstan’s Fergana Valley: between radioactivity and territorial conflicts

The problems associated with Kyrgyzstan's radioactive waste are not only ecological, but could bring more fire to the other regional issues in the contested Fergana Valley.

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