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Leaving Lhasa

CHINA | Saturday, 3 Jul 2010 | Views [138]

After six years, I found it hard leaving Lhasa: closing work, packing up and saying goodbye.  But the job iss done and it was time to move on.  I have not lived any where for so long in my adult life!  So now I am in Kathmandu for a few days pondering ... Read more >


Istanbul

TURKEY | Sunday, 4 May 2008 | Views [213]

Now at the end for us, and what a great way to end! Fran and Jillian joined us in Istanbul for a few days. Unfortunately the last few days have been extraordinarily busy here - so much so that all hotel rooms were full. But with the help of a taxi ... Read more >


Khiva

CHINA | Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [294] | Comments [1]

The one thing that seems to have dominated the history or Tashkent, Samakand and Khiva is mass slaughter with hundreds of thousands being killed by Stalin, Talermane, Ghengis Khan and various lesser known historical figures. History also includes terrible ... Read more >


Tashkent

CHINA | Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | Views [312]

So we arrived in Tashkent today! It was a long drive through mountains from Bishkek to Osh. Osh is one of those famous old cities of the Silk Road but to be honest it rained all the time we were there so I dont have a great impression of it! Some ... Read more >


Bishkek

CHINA | Saturday, 12 Apr 2008 | Views [309] | Comments [1]

The trip through the Tian Shan mountains was spectacular. From Kashgar into the desert and through dry canyon country and over tourgat pass into a snow field that took us hours to drive through. This side is obviously wetter - and fatter sheep. We ... Read more >


Kashgar

CHINA | Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | Views [268]

So I have a photo of Alison in front of the most westery positioned statue of Mao.  Kashgar does not feel like China in that the population is largely Uiger  - a moslim minority.  We laughed as I left Lhasa, noting that here too is 'tense'. But many ... Read more >


Setting out

CHINA | Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | Views [688] | Comments [1]

Hi I had been thinking that life was a tad dull so have been itching for an adventure.  Like most this adventure started on a bar stool, when I persuaded Alison to join me on a trip from Lhasa to Istanbul on motorbikes.  Needless to say, the trip has ... Read more >


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