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The Front Line: My Halloween Visit to the Destroyed City of Agdam, Nagorno Karabakh

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Burnt out trucks, tanks chasing me, a country that doesn’t exist, a once vibrant city that is completely destroyed, angry stray dogs, dead end roads, rubble. My Halloween experience in 2013 was a tad eerie, spooky, scary and extreme. It was …

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Friday’s Featured Food: Pizza and Beers on a Night Out in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh

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I couldn’t decide whether this was a Thirsty Thursdays or a Friday’s Featured Food but I ate quite a bit and so I’ve gone with food. You might also be thinking “what is so special about pizza and beer?” And …

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Backpacking in Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh: Top 13 Things to See and Do

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The tiny republic of Nagorno Karabakh is easily one of the oddest places I have ever been. It completely feels like a separate country here. It should be and while I’ll certainly class it as a country on my own …

5 Most Horrific Places To Go Backpacking In

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Don’t paint yourself a picture of travelling as beaches, hot sun and cocktails please. That’s not backpacking, and in all honesty it’s not reflective of travel as a whole and it’s certainly biased. You’re only seeing the good things. Yes …

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Backpacking in Nagorno Karabakh: 5 Things to see and do in Vank

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Vank is an extraordinary place that you can’t believe it exists. This wannabe tourist resort is nestled into unknown countryside in the enigma that is Nagorno Karabakh. Vank is a small town which has some crazy things going on in …

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Crazy Mini-Bus/ Marshrutky from Stepanakert to Vank, Nagorno Karabakh

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OK so down the years, I’ve been on some crazy types of transport on my travels and some absolutely manic journeys: – Turbo Jet in New Zealand (world’s fastest speedboat) – Cruise Ship to Antarctica – Mini-bus to Harar, Ethiopia …

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Visiting Gandzasar Monastery Near Vank, Nagorno Karabakh

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While backpacking in Nagorno Karabakh, there are more sights to see and things to do than I first imagined. In the end 3 days and 3 nights in the region wasn’t enough, but we did squeeze in some awesome stuff …

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Visiting Askeran Fortress in Nagorno Karabakh

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This place is completely off the wall (excuse the pun). Here’s an overview on visiting Askeran Fortress in Nagorno Karabakh. When backpacking in Nagorno Karabakh, nothing will be normal or even remotely straight forward. My journey to Askeran could have …

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