Category Archives: Tales from the road

Road Stories #40: Hitchhiking the Kazakhstan-China border and the consequences of not registering in Kazakhstan

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Our experience leaving the extremely hospitable Kazakhstan and making our first succesful entry into China including how we had our first taste of this diverse country before we even left, realising our crucial mistake on the border and one of the strangest, and most successful, hitchhikes of all time…

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Road Stories #39: Staying with the loveliest criminal in Kazakhstan

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It was time to head south again back across the steppe. But first we wanted to drop in on our new friend we had meet on our previous hitchhike north. Artyom was one of the most hospitable guys you could ever imagine but he had a darker side which we soon learnt about…

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Road Stories #38: Hitchhiking to Astana, the futuristic capital of Kazakhstan

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We finally manage to conquer the seemingly never ending steppe and we meet a very interesting character on route. Then we explore Astana, the futuristic capital of Kazakhstan with maybe the loveliest people in the whole country…

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Road Stories #37: The highs and lows of hitchhiking across the steppe (+VIDEO)

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The highs and lows of hitchhiking across the steppe: We set off on the unforgiving journey of travelling between Kazakhstan’s two biggest cities across grassland as far as the eye can see. We break up the journey in Karaganda by staying with perhaps the last person you would expect to find in this hostile environment…

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Road Stories #36: Turning 30 in Almaty

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Getting old is what happens to other people, people with less luck, past it actors, rock stars, my parents, everybody else, just not me… How will Jon deal with turning the big 3.0.? Find out as we see in the milestone in Kazahstan’s southern capital of Almaty and explore one of Central Asia’s coolest and most chic cities

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Road Stories #34: Hitchhiking around Issyk-Kul and dealing with local drunks

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Hitchhiking around the second largest alpine lake in the world wasn’t exactly as we’d imagined it would be, but it was a great adventure nonetheless. Snow-capped mountains, winding roads, jaw-dropping lake and lots and lots of …drunks!

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Road Stories #32: Always on the move and starting a party in Osh

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Read about our first experiences of urban life in Kyrgyzstan: hitting the bottle and then the dancefloor in Osh where Jon‘s dance moves are meeting with surprising warmth for once. Also we argue with a Russian, visit the city and spend our time always on the move from one host to the next…

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Road Stories #31: Crossing the Tajikistan – Kyrgyzstan border into such Kyrgyz hospitality

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Read about our experiences crossing the Tajikistan – Kyrgyzstan border and seeing one of the most beautiful natural sights anywhere in Central Asia. Also, our first taste of Kyrgyz hospitality as we make an unscheduled stop in a village where we are welcomed with open arms …

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