World Borders: My Crazy Journey to Nukus in Karakalpakstan (Within Uzbekistan)

World Borders: My Wacaday Journey to Nukus in Karakalpakstan (Within Uzbekistan)

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“Let’s play mallet’s mallet” – Timmy Mallet, Wacaday (1980s). Well I thought I’d had some crazy journeys in life but this one topped them all for ridiculous wackiness. I half expected Timmy Mallet to come out and whack me on …

Watching Buzkashi in Masar e Sharif Afghanistan

Watching Buzkashi in Masar e Sharif: Afghanistan’s National Sport

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If you’re ever backpacking in Afghanistan, make sure to get a trip to a local stadium to watch the national sport – Buzkashi! It’s the iconical backpacking in Afghanistan experience, and I had to get a visit to a Buzkashi game …

World Borders: Crossing From Uzbekistan to Afghanistan on Friendship Bridge to Hayratan

World Borders: My Journey From Uzbekistan to Afghanistan on Friendship Bridge to Hayratan

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“Altogether now, in no mans land.” – The Farm. In life as it happens, it’s going to be quite hard to describe the sheer adrenalin rush and magic of the winter day when I backpacked it alone into Afghanistan. It’s …

Blogging in Madina and Ali's

Backpacking in Uzbekistan: Staying at Madina and Ali’s Guesthouse in Bukhara

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My Uzbekistan adventure continued and I tried to make the most of the limited visa time I had in the country. Two quick nights in Bukhara were in store, one of them I had to be up early the next …

Backpacking in Karakalpakstan: My Night at the Jipek Joli Hotel in Nukus

Backpacking in Karakalpakstan: My Night at the Jipek Joli Hotel in Nukus

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Believe me, this was another crazy journey on this ball. I mean, for a start how many of you have heard of Karakalpakstan? Sorry where? Karakalpakstan!! I travel full-time and until last week, I also hadn’t heard of it!! It’s …

Friday’s Featured Food: Eating the National Dish Mantoo in Sunatala Restaurant, Masa e Sharif, Afghanistan

Friday’s Featured Food: Eating the National Dish Mantoo in Sunatala Restaurant, Masar e Sharif, Afghanistan

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It was a real treat and a major league feast when I tried Mantoo for the first time after securing a visa for Afghanistan. Mantoo is Afghanistan’s National dish and my guide Noor opts to take me to Sunatala Restaurant …

Thirsty Thursdays: Saturday Night out in Afghanistan - Shisha and Tea in Abshar Shisha Lounge, Masar e Sharif

Thirsty Thursdays: Saturday Night out in Afghanistan – Shisha and Tea in Abshar Shisha Lounge, Masar e Sharif

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I love a good old Saturday night out with the lads down the pub, and it’s the same world everywhere we go in that respect. It’s just that in some countries the entertainment and choice of drinks differs. Here in …

Backpacking in Uzbekistan: Doing a Guided Day Tour of Samarkand City

Backpacking in Uzbekistan: Doing a Guided Day Tour of Samarkand City

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The very name of “Samarkand” in Uzbekistan rings through travellers ears and they think of sparkling architecture and striking images they have seen from professional photographers the world over. While all of that is true, we missed the point somehow. …

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