KAZAKHSTAN

Central Asia itinerary: Almaty to Dushanbe overland

ITINERARY SUMMARY  (Kazakhstan) Almaty - (Kyrgyzstan) Bishkek - Cholpon-Ata - Karakol - Bokonbayevo - Bishkek - Arslanbob - Osh - Tulpar Kul - Peak Lenin Base Camp - (Tajikistan) Karakul - Murgab - Bulunkul - Langar - Vrang - Yamchun - Namadgut - Anderob - Ishkashim -...

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Back in the U.S.S.R. …

An admiration for unapologetic monuments and architecture of the Soviet and communist-era in the former U.S.S.R. If I could go back in time with the express purpose of just purely travelling, I would choose two periods. The first would be the early to mid-seventies....

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Recommended Hotels and Homestays in Central Asia

Since returning from our 2016 trip around Central Asia, a few people have asked us for accommodation recommendations, and so here is a round-up of the hostels, homestays and guesthouses we stayed in during our travels through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, together with our recommendations.

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Soviet-era architecture in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty has got more than its fair share of Soviet-era architecture. But there is a reason for this. Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, Dinmukhamed Kunayeva, a leading Kazakh Soviet communist politician of the time, convinced Moscow that, with their blessing and a serious...

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2016 Travel Review in Photographs

Here we go again with a roundup of where our 2016 travels took us, featuring a lot of wanderlusty photographs. Is it really a year since our last annual travel review?! At the start of every year we catch ourselves saying “we’re going to really slow it down this...

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