STORIES FROM THE EAST

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    Our Notes and Quotes from the Road

    Most memorable moments    “Here’s to you… The other ones. The raw, the true, the passionate. The troublemakers and the calm ones. The fighters and the dreamers. To you writers, architects, engineers, riders, artists, musicians, designers, teachers, movie makers, travellers, fellow backpackers… Buddhists, hindus, muslims,......

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    Iranian Nomadic Tribes – Into the Wild

    Following the 2000 years old mountain paths of the Iranian nomads.   “Oh, misty eye of the mountain below Keep careful watch of my brothers’ souls…”     There is a deep sense of respect we feel towards the people we met while following the......

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    Nepal – Crossing into the sacred realm – The Annapurna Circuit

    “It takes a long time to find the true words, to put them in order, to tell the whole story. It is not just this or that, the mountains, the people, it is me and the way I can be here…” J. Zeppa   Waking......

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    Colors of India

    This post is for you. You know who you are.   Photographs are guardians of our memories. Caught moments of time (exploited to the limits of absurdity in today’s western world… but that is a different subject). I want to tell you other things. I want......

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    Andaman Islands – Little known getaway from mainland India

    We wanted to live in a hut on the ocean shore, have lunch on a deserted island, surrounded by like-minded travellers and locals, find the favourite small local breakfast place, fresh fruit salads and spicy curries, rent a scooter, play music next to a bonfire......

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    Sri Lanka – Well… Let’s just stay friends

    The country of amazing sunsets, sand beaches, tea plantations, ocean waves and fresh coconuts. Beautiful sceneries. Incredibly photogenic… But … There is a “but”....

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    India – No Hurry, No Worry, No Chicken, No Curry

    Rajasthan – Pushkar, Udaipur, Bundi, Agra   Walking through the streets of India forces you to be present. You simply cannot wonder off or stare at your phone. Every step is a movie in itself. It is an incredibly photogenic country, it is an incredibly......

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    India – Death and Life – Hand in Hand

    Often you will see a procession of men, singing, accompanied with the sounds of drums, carrying the body of the deceased, decorated with flowers and wrapped in colourful garments. You realize that death is not a taboo. It is a subject to be discussed, not......

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    Eye to eye

    Split second. Eye to eye. Two life forces connect. Both defending their lives.   The thing is… I wanted to see the bears again.   It is a grounding experience. Experience that makes you understand at least one aspect of the unstoppable power of nature.......

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    Christmas that changed us

    “When you dare to step forward, to stand up, this world will smack you. You’ll say – I can handle that – bring it on. Then it’ll smack you again. You’ll say – well…not sure if I can handle that but let’s do it –......

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    Life in Nepal – What is it like?

    The bear brought us to the hospital… and at the same time crushed the invisible barrier between being a foreigner and being a part of people’s lives. With this post we will take you into the everyday life of Nepal. The genuine, private, beautiful and......

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    Nepal – Yes, I was attacked by a bear

    Yes,  I was attacked by a bear. The attack of such a powerful animal and coming out of it almost unharmed is an experience I cannot describe to you with a couple of words in this post. It goes to the depths of my being that cannot......

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    Nepal – The Annapurna Base Camp Trek

    Nepal is a country as rough, as strong and as beautiful as its people. From the rainforests to the snowy mountains… Nepal’s surreal landscapes never stop to amaze. Trekking in Nepal makes you immerse in the local surroundings… You are waking up with the dawn and......

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    The Golden Eagles of Kyrgyzstan

    We do not like or support hunting. However, we were intrigued by the Kyrgyzstan’s tradition of hunting with golden eagles. In a way, we wanted to hear the story about the nomadic people, living in the mountains, hunting together with Golden eagles, often on horseback.......

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    Kyrgyzstan – Places to Visit Off Season

    I want to tell you how cold the air can be and how quiet the night is up in the mountains. How dark it can get in the golden valleys surrounded by forests and white mountain peaks. I want to admit the admiration and fear......

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    Uzbekistan – The Lights of the Legendary Samarkand

    No words. Just sit & look. If we could, we would also enable you to hear the music that made us run through the old Jewish quarter where we slept, straight to the heart of the old city to see what is going on. We came......

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    Uzbekistan – Backpacking via the Silk Road

    If you’re fascinated by the history of the Silk Road and like architecture and archaeology… this just might be a great country for you. It does have some amazing sights that can leave you quite impressed....

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    Turkmenistan and the Absurdity of Marble and Gold Façades

    Turkmenistan – Absurdistan   I think that the title itself gives a good starting point to what the country (or at least the capital Ashgabat) looks and feels like. Coming from Iran, it was a huge difference....

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    The Process of Getting the Turkmenistan Visa in Iran

    Turkmenistan is the country that gives out less visas than North Korea. We decided to get the Turkmenistan visa in Tehran, Iran so that meant…...

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    Turkmen Horses in Jargalan, Iran

    In conversation with Dr. Abdoljalil Ghiadi, Turkmen Horse Breeding and Consulting Cooperative (THBCCO Iran)   In Iran we had the pleasure to meet Dr. Ghiadi and spend a couple of days at the Jargalan Turkmen Horse Stud (full transcript of the video interview below)....

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    Understanding Iran – Advice from the Locals

    (Travelling as a couple) Honest, up-to-date advice on how to understand this complex country and travel independently.   DRESS CODE FOR WOMEN AND MEN Women in Iran: Your dress must have long sleeves and it should be long (above your knees) Men in Iran: Wear......

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    Isfahan (Esfahan) – the Beauty and Mystery of Iranian Design

    Isfahan is a city well worth a visit. There is no way to explain the colours, atmosphere, taste of sweets and pastry, clicking sound of artists, complex artwork and hidden symbols on the silk, cotton or wool carpets, forbidden music played by street musicians under......

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    Iran – Yazd and Garmeh – Listen to the Silence of the Iranian Desert

    In this post… we will let the pictures tell you the story. Yazd is a city we would definitely recommend because of its incredibly charming old city, full of small sandy streets, lively street life, cosy atmosphere and friendly people....

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    Iran – When the trip to the Castles of the Assassins Turns into the Police Interrogation

      It is the smiles. That proud grin on the faces of people when they know they helped you with something and left a good impression. It is the craziness of the traffic and the taste of sweet mangoes. It is the dry heat and melodic......

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    Hitchhiking from Armenia to Iran

    Looking back to it now, it was a good idea and we remember it with funny grins on our faces....

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    Georgia – Where Soup Comes with Vodka

    “If you could describe your nation, Georgian people, in one sentence, what would you say?” “CRAZY =)  Proud. Show off. Artistic. Very hospitable people. People here like to enjoy life, and the money they earn they spend to enjoy. “...

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    Turkey – Valleys and Canyons of Kapadokya

    Forget about the time and explore. Find the narrow dirt roads leading to the valleys and canyons and open your eyes. There are numerous small paths that will take you deeper into the valleys, of the beaten path (don’t worry, as long as you know......

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    Turkey – Istanbul – hidden door to centuries past

    Roaming through the streets of Istanbul… Walking through Istanbul is like getting lost in an endless bazaar full of spices and stories somewhere between centuries past and present summer heat....

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    Bulgaria – The Land of Lions

    The food and the vibe of Sofia. Don’t ask me too much about the history, I would have to google it all one more time. However, even if we are new to the country and don’t know much, everywhere we went, we could see the......