Category Archives: Tales from the road

Road Stories #22: Messing with the police in Tashkent and crossing the Uzbek-Tajik border

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Introducing the 22nd edition of our Long Way Home travelogue, bringing an end to our time in Uzbekistan. Including our final stay in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, our encounters with some corrupt police and our attempt to make our first fire and going nuclear on the situation. Enjoy! …

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Road Stories #21 – Failures! (Tian Shan Mountains, Uzbekistan)

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21st edition of our Long Way Home travelogue and our continuing journey through Uzbekistan. While waiting for our Tajik visas to start we escape the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, heading north and attempting to hike through a mountain pass and end up going swimming in the dark

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Road stories #20: Ethnicity confusion, Tashkent and applying for a Tajik visa

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20th edition of our Long Way Home travelogue and our continuing journey through Uzbekistan. Exploring the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, learning about the complex issue of ethnicity and applying for a Tajik visa with a twist. Would it be a nightmare or a dream? Read on to find out …

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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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