February 10, 2014

Iran photos

I was in Iran for three weeks in September/October 2013. Here is a small sample of the nearly 1,500 photos I took while there. The entire collection of photos is here. Tehran: Caspain Region: Qazvin: Yazd: Kerman Province: Fars Province (Shiraz & Persepolis): Isfahan:

October 8, 2013

Back from Iran

I returned to the U.S. on Friday afternoon after three weeks in Iran. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time passed. I will admit Iran was nothing like I expected; in fact I was amazed at the genuine warmth and hospitality we received from Iranians as we traveled around the country. Of all the […]

September 14, 2013

Off to Iran

I had hoped to finish writing about my Central Asia trip before heading off to the airport today, but my to do list was a bit too long. Anyways, I’m headed to Iran now and will be back in three weeks!

September 13, 2013

Turkmenistan: Konye-Urgench to Ashgabat

October 30, 2012 Cemetery in Khojayli, near the Uzbek-Turkmen border This morning we bid a farewell to Uzbekistan and crossed the border into Turkmenistan, where we were met by Kalashnikov toting soldiers wearing peaked caps that were about five sizes too large for their heads. The border crossing took a few hours since luggage must […]

September 10, 2013

Muynak, Uzbekistan: Where cotton killed the Aral Sea

October 29, 2012 On our last full day in Uzbekistan we boarded an Uzbekistan Airways flight back to Nukus. Our flying companions were mainly composed of oil and gas engineers searching for black gold in the area around Nukus. Once we arrived in Nukus we began the long drive to Muynak, a former port on […]

September 8, 2013

Uzbekistan: Shakhrisabz to Tashkent

October 28, 2012 Another long 240 mile drive from Shakhrisabz to Tashkent today, with plenty of stops to stretch our legs. Not many words here, just photos. First, a stop at Sharif Bobo’s house to check out his family’s carpet weaving business. The carpets here are made from sheep and camel wool. Soviet “Mother Heroine” […]

September 6, 2013

Uzbekistan: Termez to Shakhrisabz

October 27, 2012 Just another long day of driving from Termez to Shakhrisabz with a few stops in between. Notice the gold teeth. In Uzbekistan gold teeth are considered a status symbol and sign of wealth. Some people will have perfectly good teeth removed and replaced with gold teeth! Cheese! Yes, really. This is kurt, […]

September 5, 2013

Uzbekistan: The Buddhist stupas and barbed wire of Termez

October 26, 2012 Located in the southernmost part of Uzbekistan, on the Afghan frontier, Termez is a small city with a history dating back at least 2,500 years. Throughout its history, Termez has been conquered by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane. It was later controlled by Imperial Russia and then the Soviet Union, […]

September 3, 2013

Uzbekistan: Nukus to Termez via Tashkent

October 25, 2012 This morning we boarded an Uzbekistan Airways flight and flew over the vast desert back to Tashkent. We were actually headed to Termez, a city in southern Uzbekistan on the border of Afghanistan. But with a few exceptions, all internal flights in Uzbekistan are via Tashkent, so we would be stopping there […]

August 29, 2013

Uzbekistan: Down and out in Karakalpakstan

October 24, 2012 They usually begin in the middle of the night, those sharp stomach pains that awaken you from a peaceful slumber. If you’re on the road long enough, in a foreign country with unfamiliar foods, you’re eventually bound to be afflicted with some sort of intestinal problem. Was it the afternoon ice cream […]

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