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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Welcome to Kazakhstan (there’s not a hairy back in sight!)

As we ride our bikes off the Caspian Sea freighter ship we are immediately greeted by two local Kazakh customs officers. My first impression is one of bewilderment…they look nothing like Borat. To my prejudiced Sydney-raised eyes, I’d say they … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan ferry ride: a never ending story

Scurvy!!! That’s it! I’ve been racking my brain for ten minutes trying to remember what disease one gets when one is stuck at sea for months on end. Finally I remember: it’s scurvy. If I’m not mistaken, scurvy is an … Continue reading

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Blog of the Week Award from Wanderlust Travel Magazine

I must admit…I’m rather chuffed to learn that the UK’s Wanderlust Travel Magazine awarded my ramblings on our epic Caucasus Challenge adventure (read blog here) the ‘Blog of the Week Award‘. However, if I knew this story was going to … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Perks of Long-term Travel

Now that you know the challenges and drawbacks of living on the road, you must be thinking…blimey, why on earth do they do it? Well, contrary to popular belief (or at the very least my last guide post) there’s a … Continue reading

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Istanbul…through the viewfinder

I’m not one usually lost for words, some will say, yet as I contemplate our week spent in Istanbul it seems a verbal rendition of our experience just won’t cut it. Before arriving, I’d simply assumed that Turkey’s biggest problems … Continue reading

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