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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 | 3 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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Why every American should take their next vacation in Iran

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Best of | 4 comments

Why every American should take their next vacation in Iran

With the thawing of US-Iranian relations, there has never been a better time than now for Americans to visit Iran.

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Karakalpakstan, the Forgotten Stan

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Places | 2 comments

Karakalpakstan, the Forgotten Stan

Is this Earth a beautiful pit of despair, bounded by a rainbow drawn in fecal colors, or is it a valuable gift, given to us by a grade-A asshat? These are the type of philosophical dilemmas that cross the mind of the wanderer in Karakalpakstan.

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Roof of the World Regatta 2014

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Roof of the World Regatta 2014

High altitude sailing may not be on everyone’s radar particularly with the plethora of ‘sea-level’ sailing options in the world. There are relatively few large expanses of water at higher altitudes and opportunities are limited. At least, they were until the arrival of the ‘Roof of the World’ Regatta – a 3960m altitude sailing event to be held in September 2014. What makes this event even more unique is the fact that it is being held in one of the most land-locked locations in the world on Lake Karakul, Tajikistan.

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A Trip to the Aral Sea

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

A Trip to the Aral Sea

Aziz Murtazaev is a native of Karakalpakstan who grew up in the area of the Aral Sea. He never saw it though, until he went looking for it in his holiday.

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Routes: art documentary on Silk Road

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Film | 0 comments

Cesare de Giglio and Paolo Paterlini traveled from Istanbul to Beijing in the summer of 2012, following one of the many routes of the Silk Road. They spent 3 months and 20 days moving exclusively by public transports and by land and sea only, for 21.000 km. The purpose of their trip was to film an art documentary in order to show the Silk Road and its recent political past. Along the journey they filmed both ordinary and uncommon places.

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Central Asia Rally 2014: A Different Kind of Rally

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Central Asia Rally 2014: A Different Kind of Rally

Introducing a new rally concept across Central Asia: the aptly named Central Asia Rally!

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