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OVERLANDING CHINA: SELF-DRIVE AND WITHOUT A GUIDE…IT’S NOW POSSIBLE!
EDIT March 2015: please refer to the latest blog post about agencies helping overlanders cross through China unguided, after reading this! After our unforgettable and blissfully unguided self-drive traverse of China (and countless requests for more details from fellow travellers) … Continue reading
Overlanding China: the most rewarding trouble you’ll ever go to!
Something’s not quite right. As I slowly awaken from my slumber and notice the day’s first light peeking through our window, the only thing I hear are birds chirping. Even though we’re staying in a guesthouse…there’s no shouting, no slamming … Continue reading
Overlanding China: A Journey Of Gastronomic Delights (And It’s Not The MSG!)
We love the food in China. We really do. After enduring months on end of bland grub and unidentifiable meats in Central Asia we are absolutely relishing the taste sensations here. Everything is fresh caught, slaughtered or picked, cooked to … Continue reading
Posted in Overlanding Tagged adventure, adventure travel, appreciation, BMW F650, China, Chinese food, discovery, explore, gastronomic journey, long-term travel, motorbike trip, MSG, overlanding, world trip 9 Comments
Crossing China’s Xinjiang province: Our Most Unorthodox Beginning
Crossing into China’s westernmost province, from Kyrgyzstan, was never going to be a simple affair. Due to ongoing ethnic tensions there, and recent surge in sporadic violence between government forces and the Uighur Muslim minority, regulations state that foreigners driving … Continue reading
Posted in Overlanding Tagged adventure, adventure travel, appreciation, BMW F650, China, curiosity, discovery, explore, long-term travel, motorbike trip, overlanding, Travel, world trip, Xinjiang 11 Comments
Kyrgyzstan: Where Central Asia Revealed Her Soul
Kyrgyzstan is a land of unexpected surprises. One certainly wouldn’t know it by just looking at it on a map or by basing one’s assumptions on visits to any of the other Stans in Central Asia. Everything from the culture, … Continue reading
Posted in Overlanding Tagged adventure, adventure travel, appreciation, Bishkek, Central Asia, curiosity, discovery, emotional drawback, explore, Issyk Kul, journey, Kyrgyzstan, long-term travel, motorbike trip, Osh, Overland, Son Kul, Travel, world trip 2 Comments
‘Things I Would Tell My 20 Year Old Self’ (but question is…would she listen?)
Here I am, back online. I know I’ve been rather quiet on the writing front these last two months but let me assure you that all is as fine as can be. Chris and I have taken a hiatus from the … Continue reading
Posted in Overlanding Tagged adventure travel, appreciation, birthdays, emotional struggles, journey, life advice, overlanding, Travel, world trip 4 Comments
Long-term Travel & the Importance of Social Interaction
One need not be a Guantanamo Bay detainee to understand that having minimal social interaction can wreck havoc on one’s mental health. There is a very good reason why the use of solitary confinement is still widespread the world over … Continue reading
Welcome to Tajikistan…wanna plov?
No matter what anyone tries to tell you, trust me when I say that patience is not an inherent trait, but rather a learned one. Learning it, however, is not nearly as easy as it sounds. After almost a decade … Continue reading
Posted in Overlanding, Uncategorized Tagged adventure, adventure travel, BMW F650, Central Asia, curiosity, discovery, Dushanbe, explore, Iskanderkul, journey, motorbike journey, overlanding, plov, shashliq, Tajikistan, Travel, Uzbekistan, world trip Leave a comment
Uzbekistan: from tired overlander to reinvigorated tourist
Within just 100kms of crossing the invisible border between Karakalpakstan and the rest of Uzbekistan, we join the tarmac highway once again. Finally, I think to myself, we can get some serious kilometres out of the way. Yet it barely … Continue reading
Posted in Overlanding Tagged adventure, adventure travel, BMW F650, Bukhara, Central Asia, curiosity, explore, journey, Karakalpakstan, Kazakhstan, Khiva, long-term travel, Overland, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, world trip Leave a comment
Karakalpakstan: the Stan the World Forgot
It must really suck to be a Karakalpak. Once upon a time, you were one of Central Asia’s most avid farmers, then your land was prostituted, polluted and destroyed beyond recognition and, even after your livelihood was obliterated, you were … Continue reading
Posted in Overlanding Tagged adventure, adventure travel, Aral Sea, BMW F650, Central Asia, discovery, journey, Karakalpakstan, Kazakhstan, long-term travel, motorbike trip, Moynaq, Overland, world trip 6 Comments