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Sundays Inspiration: The Aimless Diary of A Long Term Backpacker, Aged 35 and 3 Quarters

Sundays Inspiration: The Aimless Diary of A Long Term Backpacker, Aged 35 and 3 Quarters

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“And I travelled round the world from year to year. But each one left me aimless; one more year the worse for wear.” – Jimmy Barnes I’m telling you how it really is with me. I’m telling a story on …

Staying at the Orbita Boutique Hotel in Shymkent, Kazakhstan

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I meandered my way back into the republic of Kazakhstan thanks to a clever visa free passport switch at the border (Irish for Uzbek visa, British for Kazak visa free entry). The toughest part of my Central Asian adventure was …

Backpacking in Afghanistan: My Homestay Experience in Masar e Sharif

Backpacking in Afghanistan: My Homestay Experience in Masar e Sharif

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While backpacking in Afghanistan, I was delighted to be offered the chance of a homestay with a local family in the city of Masar e Sharif. In the years I’ve been travelling, I’ve had homestays in places like Israel, Iran, …

Friday’s Featured Food: Pilov in Horam Restaurant Haibak, Samangan, Afghanistan

Friday’s Featured Food: Pilov in Horam Restaurant Haibak, Samangan, Afghanistan

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On my tour of Afghanistan, I had quite a few authentic local culinary experiences, in my homestay, at my hotel, in Haibak and in Masar e Sharif. I’ve already written about trying Mantoo in Masar e Sharif and the smoking …

Backpacking in Uzbekistan: My Stay at the Lovely Hotel Xiva Atabek in Khiva

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After the madness of the wacaday adventure in the barely known republic of Karakalpakstan, it was time to get back to some textbook Uzbekistan sightseeing and the city of Khiva was on the agenda. I wanted to stay in the …

Backpacking in Uzbekistan: Staying at Gulnara Guesthouse in Tashkent (the Capital)

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My final stop on my Uzbekistan overland trip was in the capital city. It was here that I finally felt at ease with the Uzbeks when I arrived in their glamorous, northern swanky hub of Tashkent. The capital seemed to like me …

Backpacking in Afghanistan: My Hotel Stay in Masar e Sharif

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This is probably the first hotel review I ever do where I won’t mention the actual name of the hotel. There are security reasons for this of course and I was there on tour with a cool company and they …

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 …