Berlin: Track Cycling World Champs February 2020

Monday 24 February 2020 Boarding the Lufthansa flight at Tokyo Haneda Airport I was surprised to see the the number of empty seats. Two thirds of business class was empty and over half of economy class. Obviously the coronavirus is having a big effect. At Frankfurt they only had 2 customs officers on with a […]

The last two Stans: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan – October 2019

Saturday 19 October 2019: Sylvia I was sad this morning to leave Kazakhstan and the stunning Ritz Carlton hotel. I feel there is so much more to explore in this vast land with its steppes, mountains and friendly people. We enjoyed one last delicious breakfast, savouring the food, the views and the impeccable service, before […]

Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Almaty, Kazakhstan – October 2019

Tuesday 15 October 2019: Sylvia We had a very leisurely start this morning. There is not that much to see in Tashkent after the wonders of the older cities we have been to in recent days but it has provided a good opportunity to rest before we head off to Kazakhstan and beyond. Our first […]

Silk Road: Samarkand, Uzbekistan – October 2019

We would like to dedicate this section of the blog to those that live and have lived by the Ode below. thank you for your service to our country. The Golden Road to Samarkand [1913]) “The Master of the Caravan said: But who are ye in rags and rotten shoes, You – dirty bearded, blocking […]

Silk Road: Bukhara, Uzbekistan – October 2019

Wednesday 9 October 2019: Sylvia We left Khiva at 9am this morning to drive the ~480kms to Bukhara. The first part of the trip was quite interesting, driving through the city of Urgench and passing areas of intensive agriculture with rice paddies and fields of corn, carrots and cotton. There is an incredible irrigation system […]

The Silk Road: Turkmenistan October2019

Saturday 5 October – Sylvia We landed in Ashgabat at about 2am in the morning after transiting through Istanbul. I had read horror stories about long waits at the visa queue but for us it was a remarkably painless process. We handed over our passports and letter of invitation, the passports were stamped and we […]