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Uzbekistan, Maybe We Don’t Hate You

This post was written by Silvia Lawrence, who can be found blogging from Heart My Backpack.   So I know you all must have been waiting on tenterhooks to hear if Samarkand redeemed Uzbekistan for us a little bit (of course you were). Actually, it kind of did! The sites in Samarkand are much more spread out, so we saw a few faces that didn’t belong to Western tourists. And the Silk Road sites... read more

Bitter in Bukhara

We’re blogging from a tiny burger and beer joint–one of the few places we can seek refuge from the geriatric masses here on packaged tours. And that’s only because despite the glossy sign advertising its location, this place is pretty run down. And they don’t serve cappuccino (the beer is excellent though). Does it sound like we’re complaining? We kind of are. I think Sasha... read more

Truckin’ it to Dushanbe

“You can try, but I promise you won’t find anyone to take all of you.” “Three of you?!  You’ll have to split up.” Other travelers reacted with a surprising amount of negativity when they heard our plan to travel by semi-truck. Without splitting up.  We had already attempted hitchhiking once, but were quickly shut down by the Chinese border police.  We decided that... read more

Khorog, We Love You

This post was written by Silvia Lawrence, who can be found blogging from Heart My Backpack.   I think it’s time to come clean with you guys. Some of our stories, particularly the dialogue, haven’t happened exactly as we’ve told you. You see, since coming to Central Asia, everything has been in Russian. While Sasha and Danielle have learned quite a bit (more than Danielle or I ever... read more

An Afternoon in Afghanistan (sort of)

This post was written by Silvia Lawrence, who can be found blogging from Heart My Backpack.   The border guard adjusted the gun slung across his back and reached out to take our passports. “Do you speak Russian?” he asked. “Yes, some.” “We’ll keep your passports with us here, and you can pick them up when you return to Tajikistan.” We handed over our... read more

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