Monthly Archives: February 2005

“Kitaiski adam bar ma?”

It has been the period of the Chinese New Year and we were desperately wishing for a Chinese dinner. Almost every city we came by, we’ll pop the question “Chinese people have or not?” … (Uzbekistan … 10.02.05 to 10.03.05) … Continue reading

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Have you seen a ‘somsa’?

This day the weather turned sunny and road got better. After riding away from Navoiy city, we learnt that not many villages lie ahead. Sherali’s house together with about 30 others form a small community. As we understood, each household … Continue reading

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Coming into Uzbekistan, into the religion center of the Great Silk Road

Camels, the Great Silk Road trademark. For centuries, these animals served the lively trade route, bringing merchants across the arid land to thriving cities that to this day many still maintain their glorious days along the golden roads. For us, … Continue reading

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Last town, Farap

Pensioners crowding to get their monthly pension in Farab, the town sitting on the frontier with Uzbekistan. (Turkmenistan … 09.01.05 to 10.02.05) Workers of the Ismailow family loading sacks of special cow food onto a truck for distribution to other … Continue reading

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Changing of seasons … snow to rain

Hey ppl! We’re in Uzbekistan! Actually in a week’s time we should be reaching Tashkent, the capital. In the days that passed, we’ve cycled in snow weather but that has come to an end. Winter is leaving and Spring is … Continue reading

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Last city, Turkmenabat

Turkmenabat, formerly known as Charjou (Чарджуи) in the Soviet days. It is the 2nd largest city in Turkmenistan after Ashgabat. We had a mission in Turkmenabat – to look for Chinese people in the city. It was 8/Feb, the eve … Continue reading

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Along the desert railway

The stretch of desert road leading to Turkmenabat was not as deserted as it seemed to be. There were in fact several small communities living in this remote area. One thing in common for these villages … they are all … Continue reading

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Our careless mistake!

This is the photo that led to the theft of my Nikon digital camera. I was approached by a tall young man in camouflaged army uniform when i was registering at the Lehap state border checkpoint. It was noon time … Continue reading

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Another desert crossing

We were cautious about the route from Zahmet onwards. Along the way, we were repeatedly told that there were only few villages and water was scarce for this 150km desert stretch of road until the northernmost city, Turkmenabat. (Turkmenistan … … Continue reading

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