Last Saturday, March 21, marked the first day of spring – and in the Persian calendar, it also marked the first day of the solar year 1394. The spring equinox, known in Farsi as Nowruz (lit., “New Day”), is celebrated extravagantly throughout Central Asia. In Kyrgyzstan, where Nowruz is a national holiday, municipal governments organize […]
Metallic horse hooves pound the tundra as dust particles vibrate into the crisp air. Crowds have gathered patiently in a vast plateau surrounded by dramatic lunar peaks. At the edge, electric towers set up a barrier, barely holding up cascading wires; the rods occasionally setting off loud twangs with sparks as a surcharge goes through […]
Albert Einstein wrote ‘If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it’. For most sailors, the concept of holding a sailing regatta at high altitude in one of the most remote and land-locked locations in the world might seem totally crazy. But this is what the team that conceived of […]
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.
Our plan was to hitchhike to Areni, spend the day tasting different wines, get drunk and then…come what may. – Expert hitchhiker and Armenian travel blogger extraordinaire Arty Om takes us on a trip to southern Armenia for the yearly wine festival at Areni.
Organized by the Fund Forum Uzbekistan in association with UNESCO, the annual Asrlar Sadosi events celebrate the unique tradition, culture, and customs of Uzbekistan.