Category: "Central Asia"

17. Stans' update

September 29th, 2010
Just a quick update. I've had some serious problems in Kazakhstan which I am unable to talk about freely due to restrictions on speach here. Currently in Uzbekistan where things are far better with a lot less hassle, but again there is no "free"… more »

18. Kazakhstan, Corruption and Customs.

October 10th, 2010
(written 28/09/10) On the third morning of visiting the ferry terminal in Baku, Azerbaijan, I was told that the ferry would leave at midday. W-hay, I was glad to get out of the place. The ferry was amazing for two things, first the price which was… more »

19. The issues build up and time drags on.....

October 14th, 2010
(written 02/10/10) So I would not have to spend too much time in Kazakhstan on my eventual return I decided to pop to the Kyrgyzstan Embassy on my first morning in Tashkent to get a visa, this way I could transit Kazakhstan to Bishkek in one day and… more »

20. Islam, the Silk Road and the great money swindle.

October 17th, 2010
(written 10/10/10) Arriving in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, I was ready for a fight for the taxi to the town centre. As typical for most Central Asian towns, the main train station was 16km out of town so I was expecting taxi drivers to ask for double the 5… more »

21. Re-entry.... And final Exit.....

October 21st, 2010
I couldn’t believe it. In Tashkent, Uzbekistan there was no longer a speedy service for visas at the Chinese Embassy. I had to wait 5 days to see whether they would allow me in. This concerned me more as the fight details I gave for my entry to China… more »