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Tajikistan #3 – The Roof of the World

  So, remember the cliffhanger from our last blog? While getting ready for the most challenging part of our journey, we were both not feeling well. Is it the altitude that makes us feel sick? Or do we have some kind of stomach infection? The coming days we will make our way over the M41 – the famous Pamir Highway. Well highway… Yes – we will be driving on extreme high altitudes. In fact it is the second highest highway in the world! But apart from that: it is not a highway in the way we know it in...

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Tajikistan #2 – A Peak into Afghanistan

Stocked with diesel, water and food we start our first km’s south on the A385 towards the border with Afghanistan and the Pamir Highway! We are ready to explore the uninhabited east of Tajikistan. The autonomous region Gorno Badakhshan makes up 45% of the land area of the country, but only 3% of its population. That means: not so many people and supplies the coming weeks! And how will the roads be? Other travellers we met were quite clear about it: “One thing is sure: things will break on these roads…”.   Driving into dusty nothingness The first 150...

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Tajikistan #1 – A warm welcome

We are in Tajikistan! The country that was probably the highest on our list the moment we started this trip. Why? We don’t really know. We are not the kind of people that read a lot about a place before we get there. But what we knew is that there are mountains: The Pamir range contains some of the highest and roughest mountains of the world and more than 50% of the country is above 3.000 meter. And then there is the famous Pamir highway: the second highest highway in the world. Well… highway? More about that later. But...

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Uzbekistan – Heart of the Glorious Silk Road

After the transit of only five days in Turkmenistan, we arrive at the border of our next -Stan: Uzbekistan. A country known for its important position on the crossroads of the ancient Silk Roads. With oasis cities like Samarkand and Bukhara, it speaks to our imagination. Uzbekistan is by travelers also known for its severe border checks and we hope we prepared ourselves well enough to get through it without paying a lot of bribes… We are curious: what will the culture be like? What remained of the old Silk Road cities? Join us on our journey through Uzbekistan!...

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Transiting unknown Turkmenistan

Wow, it is happening! After a rollercoaster of decision making in Iran, we are now really entering the gateway to Central Asia. The sun is burning straight on our heads, or I must say Abi’s roof. It is 44 degrees outside, inside probably about the same. On an empty three lane desert road we drive our first kilometers in this unknown country. And we are a bit nervous: we just entered the second most locked up country in the world, right after North-Korea: this is Turkmenistan! Our visa allows us to transit the country in five days,.. Detours are...

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