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    Hitchhiking in Uzbekistan: road stories #19 – from Samarkand to Tashkent

    Introducing the 19th edition of our travelogue covering our journey in Uzbekistan from Samarkand to Tashkent. Featuring accommodation highs, hanging out with some really cool senior citizens (when did we get so old?) and exploring one of the silk road’s gems

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    Hitchhiking in Uzbekistan: road stories #18 – from Shahrisabz to Samarkand

    Welcome to the 18th update of our travelogue filling in all the goings on in our journey in Uzbekistan from Shahrisabz to Samarkand. The first shock was a city in chaos and a hostel that most definitely didn’t exist. A guardian angel helped us find a bed, however, and we set out to explore the rubble. And what to do if a guy insists on paying for a taxi …

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    Hitchhiking in Uzbekistan: road stories #17 – from Bukhara to Shahrisabz

    Welcome to the 17th edition of our travelogue keeping you updated on our journey in Uzbekistan from Bukhara to Shahrisabz. We arrived in Bukhara hostless and lost but soon fell in love with Uzbekistan’s most beautiful city. Also, a hitchhike with a twist as we meet unimaginable kindness …

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    Guest Post: 15 Bulgaria Top Destinations

    Contributors Marta and Boris from Roving Snails show us the best places to see in Bulgaria with pictures, short descriptions and a map to help you decide on your itinerary quickly. And the best thing is that you can get to all these places without paying a penny!

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    Hitchhiking in Uzbekistan: road stories #16 – from Urgench to Bukhara

    Welcome to the 16th edition of our travelogue filling you in on our journey in Uzbekistan from Urgench to Bukhara. Urgench, whilst not the prettiest of cities, was our gateway to the gems of the Silk Road. Join us as we visit the magical Khiva, get schooled at ping-pong and get drunk with an Uzbek grandfather. After all this, we hit the road to Bukhara via a bad drop off and a roadside pony just waiting to be ridden. Interested? Then read on …

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    How to make Crema Catalana

    The 11th video in our Cultural Relay Project in which we teach our Uzbek host Bobur and his Mum how to make Crema Catalana, the Catalan take on a crème brûlée and an extremely tasty desert to enjoy

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    Itchan Kala, Khiva, Uzbekistan – photo essay and tourist information

    Itchan Kala is the walled inner city of the silk road city of Khiva in Uzbekistan, which was once the last stop before Iran for caravans following the trade routes from China. The space is a magical place of more than 50 monuments and over 250 traditional dwellings and is arguably the finest collection of Muslim architecture anywhere in Central Asia…

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    How to make Uzbek tuhum barak

    While in Uzbekistan we had a unique opportunity to learn how to make one of the oldest Uzbek dishes, tuhum barak, as part of our Cultural Relay Project. Tuhum barak is a simple and quick to make dish that would enrich any world cuisine lover!

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    Guest Post: Hitchhiking in the land of dragons – Bali – by Rich McCulloch (therichmikehitchhike)

    In this week’s guest post…we join one of our favourite story-tellers Rich McCulloch (and of course his friend Mike) as they hitch-hike on the island of Bali. So, join Rich experiencing what it’s like hitchhiking in the land of dragons, singing some Mambo No.5 and posing the burning question, what is in the back of Ketuk’s truck??? …

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    Hitchhiking in Uzbekistan: road stories #15 – from Nukus to Urgench

    Introducing the 15th edition of our travelogue plotting our journey in Uzbekistan from Nukus to Urgench. Nukus, not the world’s most attractive city, was our first introduction to Karakalpakstan – the stan with a stan and its colourful culture. We also went to a Soviet avant-garde art gallery and took a trip to ballet. Want to see us get all cultured up, then read on…

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    Karakalpakstan – the stan within a stan

    Have you ever heard of Karakalpakstan – the stan within a stan? If not read all about this lonely and desolate region of Uzbekistan with pointers on the local culture, traditions and some strange believes. Also, information on the Aral Sea disaster and its implications on the local population

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    6 Observations on Turkmenistan culture and society

    6 Observations on Turkmenistan culture and society – our subjective impressions from our visit to this strange and impenetrable land. Have you been to Turkmenistan? Would you agree? What else should be added? What else has drawn your attention?

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    Hitchhiking in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: road stories #14 – from Konye-Urgench to Nukus

    Introducing the 14th part of our Travelogue charting our stay in an unexpected place in Konye-Urgench, our experiences crossing the Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan border and our first experiences in the 4th country on our travels, where we encounter a friendly stranger and make our first foray into changing the impossibly numerous Uzbek sum

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    Travelling in Turkmenistan: road stories #13 – from Ashgabat to Konye-Urgench

    Welcome to the 13th part of our Travelogue following us during our stay in Turkmenistan’s wierd and wonderful capital Ashgabat: enjoying the amazingly over-the-top architecture of one of the world’s most closed regimes. Then we strike north through the desert in a haze of attempted sleep and a landscape that featured nothing but sand …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran video compilation

    A quick summary of our month-long hitchhiking adventure in Iran. Was it difficult or easy? Did we have any problems? Check out the post to see a video covering our stay as well as a full directory of articles on Iranian culture, traditions and our travelogue.

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    How to travel in Iran independently if you are British, American or Canadian and not pay for a guide

    Most nationalities are welcome to travel in Iran independently but due to the recent regulations the citizens of the USA, Britain and Canada require an authorised guide at all times. Theoretically all Brits, Americans and Canadians must pay for the guide’s accommodation, transport and food or be part of an organised tour group. However, there is a way around it and you can easily backpack or hitchhike in Iran without booking a tour. Let us explain how it works…

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    How to get a Turkmenistan visa in Iran

    Picking up your Turkmenistan visa in Iran couldn’t be easier with our simple how-to guide. We tell you how to apply for the visa in Tehran and collect in Mashhad, with information on the documents you need, embassy opening hours, maps and a host of other useful information …

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    14 Observations on Iranian culture and society (part 2)

    This is the second part of the article in which we are discussing our subjective impressions on Persian culture. Have you met an Iranian person before? Do you agree with us? Which points are you most surprised by?

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    14 Observations on Iranian culture and society (part 1)

    Have you ever wondered what Iranian people are like? Are they really all terrorists? :) Here we have all the answers, discussing such interesting elements of Persian culture like Iranian hospitality, tarof, bakhshesh and many others…

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    Hitchhiking in Iran & Turkmenistan: road stories #12 – from Mashhad to Ashgabat

    Sit back and enjoy the 12th part of our Travelogue recording our stay in Iran’s holiest city Mashhad, where we partied like it was Iranian New Year (Nowruz) and our fateful decision to camp close to the border of Turkmenistan. Have you ever wondered what its like to pack up a tent in a hail storm? Also, featuring our attempt to get across the Turkmen frontier and on the capital of this strange and mysterious land …

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The Long Way Home – Travelogue

Traveller's Tips

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How to travel in Iran independently if you are British, American or Canadian and not pay for a guide

Most nationalities are welcome to travel in Iran independently but due to the recent regulations the citizens of the USA, Britain and Canada require an authorised guide at all times. Theoretically all Brits, Americans and Canadians must pay for the guide’s accommodation, transport and food or be part of an organised tour group. However, there is a way around it and you can easily backpack or hitchhike in Iran without booking a tour. Let us explain how it works…

Hitch-hiking guides

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Hitchhike from Zanjan to Tehran

Hitchhike from Zanjan to Tehran: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. Helping you explore Iran, from unknown cities to the capital

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Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon

Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two Turkish Black Sea destinations …

Travel Guides

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Guest Post: 15 Bulgaria Top Destinations

Contributors Marta and Boris from Roving Snails show us the best places to see in Bulgaria with pictures, short descriptions and a map to help you decide on your itinerary quickly. And the best thing is that you can get to all these places without paying a penny!

Monuments InFocus

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Persepolis, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

Founded in 518 B.C. as the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, the city of Persepolis (meaning the city of Persians) is one of Iran’s top tourist destinations and a breathtaking attraction. Despite being a shadow of its former self, the ruins of the structures that can be seen today still leave an indelible mark …

Culture & Traditions

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How to make Crema Catalana

The 11th video in our Cultural Relay Project in which we teach our Uzbek host Bobur and his Mum how to make Crema Catalana, the Catalan take on a crème brûlée and an extremely tasty desert to enjoy

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How to make Uzbek tuhum barak

While in Uzbekistan we had a unique opportunity to learn how to make one of the oldest Uzbek dishes, tuhum barak, as part of our Cultural Relay Project. Tuhum barak is a simple and quick to make dish that would enrich any world cuisine lover!