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Bukhara and the Art of Landrover Maintainence

Bukhara and the Art of Landrover Maintainence

We’ve alluded to our time in Bukhara in the Rattles and Gurgles Posts, now we have some time I thought I’d wax a bit more lyrical about this extraordinary town.  We were starting to get the hang of Uzbekistan. Fuel was tricky to find but do-able, the...
Rattles and Gurgles #2

Rattles and Gurgles #2

Morning All! Further to Cobys update on our various rattles and gurgles we are pleased to announce that we are all five of us on the mend! Having spent a fair few days trying to find out what the monstrous rattle coming from the engine was we eventually had to enlist...
The Tunnel of Death

The Tunnel of Death

Having a claustrophobic fear of road tunnels I was filled with dread at the prospect of having to drive through the notorious ‘Tunnel of Death’. Unfortunately the tunnel stood in-between us and a chain of seven serene mountain lakes in the Hisar Tizmasi...
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...
Auf der Seidenstraße

Auf der Seidenstraße

Who conquered and united the ancient world together, there were war heroes, pioneers, or maybe even just simple merchants? In a Uighur text says “… Furthermore, there are merchants who do not rest with the trade and are Nutzbinger …, from east to...
Bewaffneter Raubüberfall auf uns

Bewaffneter Raubüberfall auf uns

In der Nacht zum 08.10.2014 wurden wir Opfer eines bewaffneten Raubüberfalls auf der Campsite der Fat Monkeys Lodge in Cape Maclear Gegen 2 Uhr in der Nacht standen plötzlich 4 mit Macheten bewaffnete junge Männer vor dem Hanomag und griffen Verena, die gerade noch...
Uzbek Super Dog

Uzbek Super Dog

Emir B&B in Samarkand ticked all the boxes for us with a great location that provided us easy access to the City’s treats. Meeting other travellers here was a real bonus for us as we generally only have each other to converse with.  The opportunity to chat to...
Photos of Khiva

Photos of Khiva

I pushed on towards Khiva, rather than camp – it would have been the crap kind of camping. Where you have to hide and make no noise and try not to be seen. There were simply too many houses and people from the main road to Khiva. Nothing like the desert the day...

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