Dubai: Solo at the Atlantis

Aerial views from an helicopter. The haze is common in Dubai. Solo travel is becoming increasingly more popular. Yet, I still get shocked looks when I mention I’m going somewhere alone. “You’re brave!””Don’t you get bored?” “Don’t you get lonely?” I’ve heard it all. I’m sure other solo travellers have heard it all too. Something,…… Continue reading Dubai: Solo at the Atlantis

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 13): Turkmenistan – A City of White

A city that knows what it likes – white and gold. Ashgabat. Turkmenistan’s capital and largest city has a reputation of being strange and deserted, and it definitely was. A sea of white, grand buildings dominate the urban landscape of Ashgabat and while there were people on the streets, its emptiness was extremely noticeable. After…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 13): Turkmenistan – A City of White

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 12): Turkmenistan – The Journey to the Gates of Hell…

Turkmenistan’s landscape is dominated by deserts. The fifth and final Stan of my trip through Central Asia was Turkmenistan. Notoriously known as being closed, reclusive and politically isolated, there was a sense of accomplishment as my passport got stamped with a Turkmen entry stamp. The country is the eleventh least visited nation in the world,…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 12): Turkmenistan – The Journey to the Gates of Hell…

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 11): Uzbekistan – Khiva; in the middle of the desert.

Departing Bukhara we had an 8 hour drive through the Kyzylkum desert; the 15th largest desert in the world, towards Khiva. Khiva is quite isolated and sometimes left out on some Uzbek itineraries but I am so glad I visited this wonderful city. In fact, upon reflection it made my Top 15 Cities I’ve ever…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 11): Uzbekistan – Khiva; in the middle of the desert.

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 10): Uzbekistan – Bukhara, The Silk Road Continues

Heading west from Samarkand was a 1.5 hour high speed train trip to another well known Silk Road pit stop. It was around 10:30pm when we arrived at Bukhara. Our bus was waiting to take us to our hotel, which turned out to be more memorable than most occasions where I’ve been taken to a…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 10): Uzbekistan – Bukhara, The Silk Road Continues

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits

Intricate designs both inside and outside The Silk Road. The series of interconnected trade routes between western Europe and eastern China operating during the 2nd Century BC and 15th Century AD. At it’s epicentre, the ancient city of Samarkand. Uzbekistan’s most visited city is one of the oldest continuously populated cities in Central Asia. It…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 8): Uzbekistan – A Tashkent stopover

As my Central Asian journey continued I walked over the border into Uzbekistan.. COUNTRY NUMBER 50!! – And half way to my goal! Gone are the stunning landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and the surprising modernity of Kazakhstan. In its place the Silk Road. The ancient network of trade routes – yes there wasn’t just…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 8): Uzbekistan – A Tashkent stopover

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 7): Tajikistan – 7 gorgeous lakes, 1 amazing country

Tajikistan is a land of such pronounced beauty it is a wonder why tourists are not flocking to this country. This part of the trip is day 10 – 12 and will focus on the Seven Lakes district, which has some seriously stunning lakes that may rival those of the Canadian Rockies, before finishing in…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 7): Tajikistan – 7 gorgeous lakes, 1 amazing country

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 6): Tajikistan – The road less travelled

Salom!!Welcome to Tajikistan, for days 8 and 9 of my Central Asian adventure. For this leg of the journey, I explored the capital city of Dushanbe and then drove through the Fann Mountains. The latter is considered a “must” when visiting Tajikistan. When I told my friends and family this was a country I was…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 6): Tajikistan – The road less travelled

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 5): Kazakhstan – Almaty; the City of Apples

At the foot of the mountains lies Kazakhstan’s largest city; Almaty. Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest city and was the former capital city from 1991 until 1997 when it moved to Astana. At just over 2 million people living in the city it remains the commercial and business centre of the nation. Right at the foot…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 5): Kazakhstan – Almaty; the City of Apples