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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...
South Vietnam

South Vietnam

Vietnam is a huge country. Sure, it’s not in the league of Kazakhstan or Russia, or even Mongolia, but it’s still pretty big – particularly as the temptation is to try and see the whole country in one trip. We had 3 weeks, and to be honest, with any...
Mechanics in Bangkok

Mechanics in Bangkok

Once again, we had problems with our brakes. This was a recurring theme of the trip sadly. We’d first noticed a slight veer to one side on braking back in Kyrgyzstan, and despite our best efforts, and the efforts of not one but two genuine Land Rover garages...
Almaty – another lesson in assumptions

Almaty – another lesson in assumptions

Our main mission for Almaty was to check in to a cheap hostel whilst trying to track down a mechanic to fix our rapidly failing alternator. Things didn’t quite turn out that way. We expected that this second stint into Kazakhstan would be a 1400km dash north,...
Aktau to the Uzbek border

Aktau to the Uzbek border

Kazakhstan!! (For the first time). First impressions: Big, sandy, dusty with lots of nodding donkey oil wells. The drive north east from Aktau to Beynau was on roads of mixed quality. There is an extensive program of road building (seemingly with Chinese funding), and...

Kazakhstan: A life lesson learned

The next days with the Irish boys were mostly filled with driving and having funny barbecues in the evenings. Although there is a story worth mentioning. We drove  from Astana in the direction of Semei, one of the last big towns in Kazakhstan. I had Willie with me,...

Kazakhstan – convoy through the steppe

Kazakhstan – an Austro-Irish convoy through the beautiful steppe. And a lot of party. So the Irish lads and us convoyed from now on. And a great time we did have. Nikolay, the Kazakh guy  who came along with the Irish had a special story as we found out. The boys had...
Kazakhstan – our convoy with the Irish

Kazakhstan – our convoy with the Irish

So the Irish lads and us convoyed from now on. And a great time we did have. Nikolay, the guy  who came along with the Irish had a special story as we found out. The boys had been to Atyrau as well, just like us. There the boys stayed in a hotel, and when they checked...

Kazakhstan–the real deal

As an Austrian friend we met later on in Ulaanbaatar would put it, the Kazakh part of the border is a “Vogelhäuslverschlag” which means a collection of birdhouses but in broad Austrian dialect. The Kazakh part of the border was rather confusing so wen ended up...