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India – Udaipur, When the River Lights Up

India – Udaipur, When the River Lights Up

  Chai masala! Chai masala! This must be at least the 3 time this morning that i heard someone selling tea in the subway car. Either the Indian folks have no manners, get up really early or i am not entirely sure what time it is. In the now-infamous Darien Gap...
India – Stuck in Mumbai with no money

India – Stuck in Mumbai with no money

  Mumbai (aka Bombay), India  (GPS: 18.936134, 72.837918) The “Superpowers of the Future”, back in the 90’s it seemed that both China and India will come out swinging in a global economy and take over the world. You couldn’t helped to notice it...
China – The Great Wall

China – The Great Wall

  Here is the main difference between backpacking and overlanding, schedule. With the car we pretty much had complete freedom of movement, WE decided how long we wanted to stay in each place and what time we should leave. None of the waking up at the crack of dawn...
Korea – A Turn For The Unexpected

Korea – A Turn For The Unexpected

  We thought that we spent enough time in Moscow, come on guys it was almost 6 weeks there. If the weather was nicer maybe our stay would have been much more pleasant, but the fall in Moscow is short, summer can turn into winter in a matter of days. Of course the...
Russia – Moscow – Winter Is Coming

Russia – Moscow – Winter Is Coming

  Our stay in Moscow is getting unexpectedly longer and longer, there are reasons for it, but I am not at liberty to discusses them at the moment. Lets just say that some interesting things are up ahead and those of you who know us already will not be surprised by the...
Russia – Moscow – Family and Friends

Russia – Moscow – Family and Friends

  Finally, we are here – Moscow. Actually its my great-grandma’s summer home just outside the city…but after coming this far…this is Moscow to us. All my cousins decided to surprise us by showing up at the house and welcoming the world...
Russia – Miass

Russia – Miass

We learned a trick to passing the border with minimal hassle. During a usual border process the passengers go through the immigration and then wait in a separate area while the customs officials inspect the car. This is what we do now, Hyein just follows me back to...
Kyrgyzstan – Pamir, the Roof of the World

Kyrgyzstan – Pamir, the Roof of the World

Landcruiser mended up to the standards of Central Asia, we set off towards the town of Osh. Knowing that we wouldn’t make it there in one day, we took our sweet time getting ready in the morning…checking wifi, drinking coffee, blogging and being lazy...
Kyrgyzstan – Issykul Lake

Kyrgyzstan – Issykul Lake

You find yourself here again…and reading about Kyrgyzstan. A few things are running through your mind: is Ivan running out of material to talk about? And is there nothing better to read on the internet? I’ll answer both of those questions:...
Kyrgyzstan – Altyn Arashan

Kyrgyzstan – Altyn Arashan

Even if you have been following the Rio Olympic games like a hawk, then you still wouldn’t have had a chance  to spot this flag. As the post name suggests, we are in Kyrgyzstan. A few things you might want to instantly figure out, like where in the world is this...
Kazakhstan – Window to the Galaxy

Kazakhstan – Window to the Galaxy

Could it be that we felt Almaty was so cozy because of our host? We stayed at a Korean guesthouse, where the owner resembled your grandfather? Maybe… He was very kind to us and somehow through the Korean grapevine has heard about us since we left Korea…and...
Kazakhstan – Welcome to Borat Country

Kazakhstan – Welcome to Borat Country

Lets get this out of the way, yes we are going to the “Borat” country. Sadly, but that is how most Westerners perceive Kazakhstan. Even before visiting the country, i’ve always consider the movie more of a parody than an actual documentary. I...
Russia – Back to the Motherland

Russia – Back to the Motherland

And boom just like that we are back in the Motherland although the landscape hasn’t changed much from Mongolia, the towns already look a little bit more organized and well supplied. After finding a place to park our Hodori for the night, we rushed to the store...
Mongolia – Never Bores You

Mongolia – Never Bores You

The route that we are following is called the “Southern Route”. I’ve heard all kinds of stories about it, from boring with a good road to dusty, truck infested hellhole. After our Gobi to Bayankhongor trailblazing, i thought to myself:...
Mongolia – Gobi Yourself

Mongolia – Gobi Yourself

Sitting around in the hostel, we tried to figure out what else to do in Mongolia. It’s not like there is a shortage of things to be done, just we never really prepared. We looked around other people’s blogs and found some GPS tracks for Gobi. Perfect, i...
Mongolia – Orkhon valley

Mongolia – Orkhon valley

Similarly named to an island we just spent destroying our sense of what is the right way to drive a car and mostly our livers for a week, if you haven’t read the Olkhon Island adventures with Korandovod…please do so now. It’s really for your...