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Oh 'Central Asian Union' passport, wherefore art thou??

Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | Views [1111]

Patience is a virtue, and perhaps the most valuable one to possess when traveling in Central Asia & Area. After months of poring over online travel forums, maps, and guide books, I had more or less decided on my ideal tailor-made trip: backpacking ... Read more >

The List

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | Views [842] | Comments [2]

For my fellow travelers - armchair or otherwise - interested in what I stuffed into my bag for a 4-month overlander ranging in climate from late-winter mountains to mid-summer deserts, here's my packing list... CLOTHES : raincoat, slush pants, ... Read more >

When you just don't know how to react...

Saturday, 14 Mar 2009 | Views [1207] | Comments [1]

It takes a lot to ruffle my feathers. I’ve trained myself not to outwardly react to most surprises in the name of cultural sensitivity. I’ve been told more than once that I should learn how to play Texas Hold ‘Em because I’ve got such a good poker face ... Read more >

Tuning in to Sufi harmony

Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | Views [2295]

The current Iranian administration has a way of suppressing anything that doesn't adhere to hard-line conservative Islam, the latest example of which is the attacks upon Shi'a Sufism  (see article below). Here in Tajikistan, the alleged birthplace ... Read more >

Tajikistan looks past Russia to Iran for regional ties

Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | Views [808]

This article from RFE/RL gives a good picture of the shifting geopolitics between Tajikistan, Russia, and the other former Soviet Republics, as well other countries (i.e. Iran) positioning themselves to be regional powerhouses. Trip Cancellation Fuels ... Read more >

Back in the USSR

Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Views [651]

Heidi and I are taking the remainder of our vacation days on a rather last-minute trip to Russia and Kazakhstan (yes, Borat's homeland... here's to hoping we don't run into any fluorescent green banana hammocks looking for sexy-time). I'll be sure to ... Read more >

Holidays in the Stans

Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | Views [1877]

While almost all of my expat colleagues went back to Europe, North America, or warmer climates for Christmas and New Year’s, I had decided months ago to stick around Central Asia. Circumstances kept Heidi here as well and we busied ourselves by working ... Read more >


Tuesday, 6 Jan 2009 | Views [24272] | Comments [1]

Although I swear that every bend of the Western Pamirs looks different, the Eastern Pamirs have an even more noticeably unique look. Technically classified as high-altitude plateaus, they remind me of what I imagine the moon must look like. About half ... Read more >

When the abnormal becomes the norm

Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | Views [1816]

Here in Tajikistan, I’m happily used to life without ATMs, laundry machines, microwave ovens, and reliable internet and electricity. I’m used to being unable to drink the water without straining out little pieces of leaves, twigs, and god-knows-what ... Read more >

Gallery: Tajikistan - Month 6

Monday, 1 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Tajikistan - Month 5

Thursday, 27 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

Includes (in order): HH visit & didars in GBAO; roundtable on cross-border trade with Afghanistan; pasture assessments in Vanj; hike in Varzob Valley
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Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Views [4334] | Comments [2]

After our brief jaunt to Afghanistan for the Pamiri Festival in the Wakhan Corridor, Heidi and I parted ways – she back to Dushanbe and I on a work trip with my boss to check up on MSDSP projects. Our itinerary involved traversing a good portion of ... Read more >

HH in TJ

Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [1104] | Comments [1]

It's FINALLY been confirmed - His Highness is coming to Tajikistan. I'm heading to Khorog for the first week of November to volunteer with the preparations in GBAO. Since I don't have a spiritual leader of my own (Jane Goodall aside), this is a unique ... Read more >

Alive and Kicking in Tajikistan

Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | Views [976]

So shoot me, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything other than pictures. In fact, I still haven’t finished writing stories about my work trip around GBAO way back in August, after the venture to Afghanistan… Anyways, I’m feeling a bit obliged ... Read more >

Gallery: Tajikistan - Month 4

Sunday, 5 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Includes (in order): Eid; Resilience Alliance workshop in Roghun; Shirkent Valley hike; pick-up football; ToT and M&E in Faizabod; family snapshots; ** Halloween still to come! **
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Gallery: Tajikistan - Month 3

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

Includes (in order): around Dushanbe; Iskander-Kul trip; Heidi's 26th birthday/toga party; helicopter to GBAO; around Khorog & Botanical Gardens
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When all you want to do is curl up with a good book

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 | Views [2305] | Comments [1]

Packing for an 8-month+ stint in Central Asia was a rather befuddling task. I blindly deciphered what clothing to bring for both work and play in weather ranging from -50 (with rationed electricity) to +50 degrees, but what to do about those little ... Read more >

FINALLY en route to the storied Pamirs...

Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Views [814] | Comments [1]

I’m working on a long list of observations about Tajikistan to post, but it’ll have to wait – I just got word that I’m heading out to Badakhshan for a couple weeks on a whirlwind MSDSP tour. I will have TONS of photos to post when I get back at the ... Read more >

"You're going WHERE?!"

Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | Views [1480]

I’ve been in Tajikistan for over a month now on an 8-month internship with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) of Canada. (Yes, Tajikistan is a real country, and no, it is not overrun by radical Islamists.) My internship is with the Mountain Societies ... Read more >

Gallery: Tajikistan - Month 2

Friday, 1 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Includes (in order): paragliding lessons; Ziddy Glacier hike; Faizobod agro-processing project; GBAO field projects; Ibro's 4th birthday; Pamiri museum
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