August 27, 2013

Uzbekistan: One day in Khiva

October 23, 2012 No one really knows when Khiva was founded, but the local legend is that it happened over 2,500 years ago when Shem, the son of Noah, found himself wandering through the desert after the great floodwaters receded. He stumbled upon a well, exclaiming “Khi-wa!” (sweet water) and this ancient oasis has been […]

August 22, 2013

Uzbekistan: Through the Kyzyl Kum to Khiva

October 22, 2012 The journey along the A-380 highway from Bukhara to Khiva was one of the longest stretches of driving we did on this trip. The distance between the two cities is only 285 miles, but the journey took us a grueling 9.5 hours due to the state of the highway, which wasn’t quite […]

August 19, 2013

Uzbekistan: Two days in Bukhara

October 20 & 21, 2012 Arrive in Bukhara today and you will be warmly welcomed. This wasn’t always the case, however. Consider the fate of Charles Stoddart and Arthur Conolly, two British officers who traveled to Bukhara in 1838 and 1841, respectively. Stoddart’s mission was to convince the Emir of Bukhara to sign a friendship […]

August 6, 2013

Travel Wishlist: Canada

OK, so technically I have been to Canada already. Living in Seattle it is quite easy to get to British Columbia and so in the past two years we’ve visited Victoria, Vancouver, and Whistler. But that is only one small part of the second largest country in the world, and there are plenty more areas […]

August 6, 2013

Uzbekistan: The bazaars and caravanserais along the Silk Road to Bukhara

October 19, 2012 Another five hours of driving today. Visiting all these Silk Road cities necessitates a lot of driving, but I’m not one to complain about a road trip; I’m perfectly content to put my headphones on, choose a playlist, and let the scenery roll by. And an air-conditioned bus certainly beats the camels […]

August 5, 2013

POTD: Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine

One question that I often get from people who want to travel to Chernobyl is where to stay in Kiev. Well, like any destination, it depends on your budget and tastes. In Kiev, accommodation ranges widely from bunk bed filled hostels on the outskirts of town to five star hotels in the city center. When […]

August 2, 2013

Travel Wishlist: Bahamas

While my travels usually take me to the deserts of Central Asia or the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, I’m always craving a beach vacation (and thankfully will be headed to a beautiful Belizean caye in January to get my fill). One place that has been on my list for a while is the […]

August 2, 2013

Uzbekistan: Tamerlane’s Samarkand, Day 2

October 18, 2012 Tamerlane was a man of many talents. When he wasn’t conquering foreign lands and stacking the skulls of his enemies into massive pyramids, he was building his beloved Samarkand into an epicenter of architecture and culture. He did this by sparing the lives of artisans, engineers, musicians, poets, and scholars who lived […]

July 29, 2013

Uzbekistan: 289 kilometers on the Golden Road to Samarkand

October 17, 2012 (Yes, I partly stole that from a poem). So, anyone up for a trip to Kabul or Tehran? Another early morning departure, as we had a five hour drive to Samarkand ahead of us. Thankfully we made a few stops along the way to stretch our legs. First, the fish market in […]

July 27, 2013

Goodbye Tajikistan. Hello again, Uzbekistan.

October 16, 2012 Goodbye, Tajikistan. It was far too short of a visit, but I’m sure we’ll meet again someday. The rugged Pamirs are calling my name… We were headed to Tashkent, where I had overnighted only a few days prior when I first arrived in Central Asia. The road from Khujand to the Uzbek […]

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