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Kazakhstan Part 5 – The Almaty Chronicles

17 Jan, 2016 - By

23/08 DAY 3 in Almaty Dom had been whining about not having gone paragliding in Georgia for some weeks by this point. Rousing the team at 8am he announced that he had committed us all to a session paragliding. Collected from our hostel with sleep in our eyes and reluctant limbs, we were driven 40km […]

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Kazakhstan Part 4 – The Almaty Chronicles

17 Jan, 2016 - By

21/08 DAY 1 in Almaty The three adventurers awoke to discover Jack’s kebab lay, untouched, in its protective packaging. Kicking him awake, they sought answers. They had risked arrest, (almost) fought a man from China, disrobed in an upmarket nightclub, jumped off a moving car, walked at least 6km and carried a rather pungent kebab […]

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Kazakhstan Part 3 – The Almaty Chronicles

17 Jan, 2016 - By

We arrived in Almaty early in the morning, more or less on schedule with our original plan. Tired, tipsy in places and a little delirious from the traumas of the day, we struggled to find the hostel at which we had planned to stay (and where the drive shaft was due to be delivered the […]

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Kazakhstan Part 2

Kazakhstan Part 2

26 Mar, 2015 - By

19/08 We had gone to bed feeling welcomed and strangely indebted to our hosts, who had told us not to worry about paying and who had offered us breakfast for the morning. Though abundant and evidently good-hearted, their hospitality nevertheless seemed to have a very slight, off-hand air of expectation to it: this was especially […]

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Kazakhstan Part 1

Kazakhstan Part 1

14 Oct, 2014 - By

17/08 Breakfast: tea with bread, butter and jam (welcome to Kazakhstan). We were in no particular hurry, with several days to get to Almaty, where our drive shaft was to be delivered. Our only plan was to withdraw cash and get hold of WiFi to check the status of the shaft. We headed to Shymkent, […]

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Uzbekistan Part 3

Uzbekistan Part 3

26 Sep, 2014 - By

14/08 We woke at 6.30am to the same Uzbek pop playing full blast. We had the standard sausage and eggs boiled in oil with chai. We bought fuel from the truck stop owner, served in the traditional Uzbek way (from plastic 2 litre bottles) and set off towards Bukhara and Samarkand. Bhukara was the only […]

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Uzbekistan Part 2

Uzbekistan Part 2

19 Sep, 2014 - By

In Turkmenistan, the petrol is incredibly cheap, available at regular intervals at politely staffed petrol stations, many of which take Visa. Perhaps because of this, the locals have driven the roads ragged. In Uzebekistan, the contrary problem is evident. We did not see a single petrol station selling petrol for the whole of our time […]

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Uzbekistan Part 1

Uzbekistan Part 1

09 Sep, 2014 - By

Just like in Mission Impossible, our day also had room for a high-speed car chase. Sweating, salt-encrusted and hoarse, we screeched across the border at around 3mph, pushing the overlong heap of metal and fake luxury wood. Then we pushed the extravagantly inconvenient ex-funeral accessory to border guards who searched it. Then we pushed the […]

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Turkmenistan Part 2

Turkmenistan Part 2

05 Sep, 2014 - By

11/08 The day started with flies delicately alighting on our faces in the room that some 15 Mongol Ralliers shared the floor of. Our car alarm had woken us twice in the night, like a new-born child signalling oncoming sickness. Weary, sighing, we had risen to settle it back down and prevent further unexplained wailing. […]

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Turkmenistan Part 1

Turkmenistan Part 1

26 Aug, 2014 - By

09/08 As we woke, Ollie innocently enquired as to the whereabouts of his bag. Dominic had helpfully removed the article from the car and had surreptitiously left it in a dark corner of the customs office at the port. Like a wide-eyed sleepwalker hell-bent on minor inconvenience, he then completely forgot about the entire episode. […]

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