So we drove through the night… still on 3h-shifts – sleeping/driving! We were going down to the border town of Tashanta and I had the first shift… roads were relatively good and traffic was low in the middle of the night so we could make some good headway and I finally fell asleep in the … Continue reading Day 38 (on the road, MN) – 13,036 …and just when you think that you’ve seen it all!
In the morning, actually already yesterday night, we decided that we needed to skip the lakes because we would have too little time, unfortunately. We would try to work in some kilometres today and cross as far north as possible, directly from Almaty… we also agreed to drive in 3h shifts, i.e. the driver changes … Continue reading Day 37 (Ayagoz, KZ) – 11,178 …more challenges on the road!
We checked out at 12:00 today… a bit late but Bernie was out to explore Bishkek’s nightlife yesterday and thus today it was him who needed a little bit of catching up of missed sleep… But I must say that he earned my respect, cause when I saw him today he was pretty fit and … Continue reading Day 36 (Almaty, KZ) – 10,432 …an easy border, an easy drive, and in Almaty we are!
But first… I know that I’m lagging behind with the uploading of pics but in Uzbekistan it was virtually not possible except in Margilan (and even there it took me 5-8min for one pic, that’s why I couldn’t finish my task there), last night we slept in the mountains and today in Kyrgyzstan’s capital I … Continue reading Day 35 (Bishkek, KG) – 10,152 …two breakdowns, a speeding police stop and another night-drive!
We started today with a very basic breakfast provided from our accommodation and then split due to diverting interests… Bernie took off to the Silk Museum and I went to grasp the atmosphere of the local bazaar… I came there quite early and vendors were still setting up their shops. The market was fantastic because … Continue reading Day 34 (Kyrgyz mountains, KG) – 9,568 …a Kyrgyz mountain experience!
It’s time to share some funny experiences with you 😉 It was yesterday when we saw a work troop of women cleaning a piece of lawn in front of a petrol station with brooms. Yes, really! And no, we couldn’t make out any sense in this action… today we saw a woman in front of … Continue reading Day 33 (Margilon, UZ) – 9,252 …always expect the unexpected 😉
Yesterday we booked the first hotel that we found in the city of Bukhara when we drove in at around 23:00 and YES they had internet… I could upload the blog-info but I cannot, for some reason that I cannot explain, update my sidebars of the blog… I also tried to get my Tajikistan visa … Continue reading Day 32 (Samarkand, UZ) – 8,653 …of minarets and the pride of men!
We share a room with two guys from New Zealand and the tiny cabin has only one small window to allow some exchange of air. Not necessary to say that the air is dwelling without movement, meaning that it’s hard to breathe on the one hand and on the other hand you start sweating already … Continue reading Day 26 (Caspian Sea, no country) – 6,722 …about the ship…
Still I couldn’t find WiFi… also in Khiva there was no chance to upload the blog entries or organise my Tajikistan visa. This is getting really a problem because as per the plan we would need to cross borders into Tajikistan tomorrow and in Bukhara or Samarkand there are no Tajik consulates… I need a … Continue reading Day 31 (Khiva & Bukhara, UZ) – 8,382 Medieval cities and the darkest of nights!
In the end we arrived at Aqtau port at 21:50 (AZ-time, not considering the 1h time difference) and were pushed into the right position by tugboats… After the ship was brought into its final parking position Kazakh border police came on board and thus started, what for me was the most complicated and inefficient border … Continue reading Day 30 (Nukus, UZ) – 7,747 No sleep till Brooklyn! (Beastie Boys)