I arrived in Karakol with the idea of trekking for just a few days. Not being properly equipped, I had to find a tent, and be able to leave a baggage somewhere to leave with only the minimum necessary. But most importantly, I needed to know WHAT to do, and HOW, and was hoping to find people to do it with… this means: information, a map, a trail, and company! Continue reading
My trip took me to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and to central Asia: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and I’m now in Kyrgyzstan.
Homosexuality was legalized in 1998 in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, then followed Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2000, but is still illegal in Uzbekistan. To be more specific, what the law from the former Soviet Union mentions is anal sexual act between men. Women are not concerned. Today, Only Georgia has a law specificaly banning discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation. Continue reading
Après avoir été rejoint par Anne-Cécile, je me suis mis en mode vacances !
Première chose, je n’étais plus tout seul, et non plus seulement avec des rencontres éphémères; mais avec une amie. Continue reading
Just before sunset, we climbed up the fortress build by Alexander the Great, or what’s left of it, just outside Nurata. Indeed the mud bricks have all melted back to dust, and it’s hard to tell the eroded mounds and heaps that people have been running on for centuries were once a fortress.
On top of the predominant mound, kids were flying their makeshift kites: a piece of corrugated cardboard with a fabric tail, and a string!
The locomotive was new, but the cars… not so new. They were in acceptable condition (legroom ok, and rather comfy seats), but the ageing air conditionning was struggling with the outside furnace. The train manager obliged us to shut all windows and blinds (on the sunny side) to save the energy, but air circulation with openened window would have probably been more refreshing.
So we were wet for three long hours, with the loud and saturated sound of a TV series in russian.
There is one fun fact about those trains, but I want to make it a little game. In those pictures, find one very unsual thing for us westerners. The winners gets a free ticket from Tashkent to Samarkand, worth 21 000 sums!
Here they are, the Mud Volcanoes… There are dozens in the region, but the bus driver left me on the side of the road, pointing to this hill close to the sea. Continue reading
This week I send a report to podcast Homolab with Baylen and Lucio, but without Lucio, and Rosie, sitting in for Amy. Continue reading
I think this is the most remote and isolated village I’ve visited in my trip so far! Continue reading
Cela fait trois jours que je suis en Azerbaijan. Je me suis arrêté à Zaqatalan, et maintenant à Sheki. Continue reading
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