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In Bulgaria!

May 3, 2016 1 Comment
In Bulgaria!

Here we are in Bulgaria! I’d said to Lynn and maybe others, that traveling in Turkey was easy, and like being on a holiday. I should have thought better… we have just spent 5 hours at the Turkey/Bulgaria border crossing! Issue 1: Turkey has a law forbidding you to leave the country without your car, […]

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Friendly Folk of Azerbaijan

December 19, 2015 1 Comment
Friendly Folk of Azerbaijan

Smooth sailing after entry to the country. A whole heap of stars, not in alignment, meant we had a colorful transgression from the ship to the “other side” of the boom gate. But, it happened! Since then the people have been unbelievable. Australia is not a country that they come in contact with often. In […]

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How Time Flies!

November 30, 2015 2 Comments
How Time Flies!

We’re at a city called Aktau in far west Kazakhstan, and the shipping port to depart to Azerbaijan. The last notes were while we were in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan. But let’s stay in Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a while longer. One day, a Friday, while we waited for our Iran Letters Of Introduction to come […]

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Greetings from Uzbekistan!

November 17, 2015 3 Comments
Greetings from Uzbekistan!

Despite all the warnings from others, we’re either not going to the right places, or all the baddies have left the country, or “the others” are wrong. We’re having a great time in this country, although getting hold of fuel, diesel (or dizel to the locals), is definitely a trick. A work of art really. […]

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Next, Plan B…

November 13, 2015 0 Comments
Next, Plan B…

Remember how I said we were driving Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey? Well that was Plan A. Months ago I had liaised with Iran for a Letter Of Introduction (LOI) to be picked up in Beijing, China. Then we worked out that if we got an Iran visa in China, by the time we got to […]

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Tashkent – Futball!

November 12, 2015 0 Comments
Tashkent – Futball!

The game was on Thursday November 12, kick off at 6pm. Some locals told us to get to the ground between 3 and 4pm, as there were no seat allocations. You had an area, we were Bay 10, of 24 Bays around the field, but seats were first come first served. We got there at […]

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Kazakhstan The Beautiful!

November 1, 2015 1 Comment
Kazakhstan The Beautiful!

We stayed in a beaut guesthouse/motel tonight at a border town (near Uzbekistan), called Saryagsh. For dinner we ate at a restaurant/function centre, where two other functions were being held. One was a small but wild wedding and the other was a very serious family dinner, each having its own room. We four ate at […]

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More Cops!

October 28, 2015 1 Comment
More Cops!

Monday, 26th October 2015 We entered Kazakhstan on September 28 – pretty painless. I think I mentioned the customs guy was busy strip searching the adjacent Subaru and two young fellas, so Lynn and I got through easy. That night we stayed at a place called Semi. Took ages to find a restaurant – a […]

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The Heat (Cops to You and Me)

October 25, 2015 2 Comments
The Heat (Cops to You and Me)

We’re in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, sorry, Kirgizia, in a guesthouse in this city, pronounced Ooosh. It has two main attributes – a big rock / mountain in the middle of the city, maybe 300m high, and the largest bazaar in Central Asia. We’ve been to the latter, today we go to/up the former. A beautiful, crisp, […]

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Russian Recap

October 18, 2015 0 Comments
Russian Recap

Bishkek, capital of Kirgizia, which is what the Times World Atlas calls it, though all the signs say Kyrgezstan. But what would the locals know? We’re at a hotel, sorting a few things in readiness for a visa application for Uzbekistan. So, here is a few notes on the past. Russia You know we went […]

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