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  The cities of Samarkand and Bukhara have existed for over 2500 years. I could try to rattle off some of the civilizations and empires that have ruled these areas from the Persians and Greeks (under Alexander the Great) to …

Mel says:
Holy wow. The pictures really convey a sense of majesty. Incredible KP. more
Linda Ahern says:
Beautiful. more
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As I travel through Uzbekistan now the mountains have all but disappeared and a dusty haze settles on the landscape. But the road is paved with iconic Silk Road towns – ahead of me lie the almost mythical places of …

Louisa Gilles says:
I second that. Surely the book must come out one day!!!! What a wonderful trip.... more
Linda Ahern says:
Enjoyed reading about your experiences Karen. Have you ever thought of writing... more
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My final jaunt through Tajikistan has taken me to the capital Dushanbe and then on to the north. Dushanbe translates as Monday, and when this was previously a sleepy town the weekly market was held on a Monday hence the …

Azam says:
very beautiful and correctly written. more
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My latest journey has taken a detour from the Pamir Highway into the Wakhan Valley region. Although I won’t bore you with too much geopolitical history, in the 1800s as the Soviet empire was pressing south and the  British were …

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Roadtripping The Pamir Highway, Tajikistan, August 2018

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  I have just travelled the Pamir Highway- an epic road trip across the roof of Central Asia. The road runs through the middle of the Pamir mountain range linking Kyrgyzstan with the western part of Tajikistan (a region called Kohistani …

 

Of Yurts and Shashlyk, Kyrgyzstan, August 2018

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As I near the end of my travels in Kyrgyzstan I have reflected on the more than 2000km distance I have covered across this mountainous little country. The landscapes have left an indelible impression on me. From alpine valleys with …

 

Eagle Hunting in Kyrgyzstan, August 2018

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Like a marmot coming up for sunshine I’ve reappeared – this time in the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan. I’ve begun a 2 month journey retracing the Silk Road across Central Asia, a trip which will pick up previous threads from …

 

Cape to Cape Hike, Western Australia, June 2018

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I’ve had the shortest of mid-winter escapes to hike one of Australia’s Great Walks: the Cape to Cape track in south- Western Australia. The 135km track follows sections of the ancient trails of the Wadandi Noongar indigenous people of the …

 

Ilha da Moçambique, Mozambique, May 2018

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I’ve resurfaced bobbing along the coast of northern Mozambique. In some ways this journey is a continuation. I’ve previously zigzagged up and down the Swahili Coast of Africa- to old outposts of the Omani Court including Lamu Island and Mombasa …

 

The Little Buddhist Mountain Kingdom, Bhutan, March 2018

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  Kuzuzampong la! It has been another world exploring Bhutan, the little Bhuddist Mountain Kingdom which is nestled to the south of Tibet. Whitewashed box-like fortresses and monasteries sit perched on top of cliffsides clinging to the southern Himalaya and …