Three Days at the Ends of the Earth, Also Known as Nukus

2 June 2018 – Uzbekistan has another side, a more remote and desolate one, just a bit off the beaten path that runs from one Silk Road settlement to the next. There are some old fortresses – 2000 years old, in fact – in the barren emptiness of ancient Khorezm, a now-historical kingdom that’s not … More Three Days at the Ends of the Earth, Also Known as Nukus

Silk Road Tripping

30 May 2018 – I’d done a lot of hiking and homestays in Kyrgyzstan. That’s one sort of travel. Whenever I thought about travelling onwards to Uzbekistan something completely different came to mind – the Silk Road, that legendary trading route linking the East to the West, along which the world’s great civilisations traded valuables like … More Silk Road Tripping

A Nomadic Feeling

10 May 2018 – I wanted to travel to a part of the world I hadn’t been to before. Thinking about different destinations, my mind kept drifting to the same blank space on the map: the ‘stans – five mysterious countries in central Asia, once part of the Soviet Union. Maybe it was the allure … More A Nomadic Feeling

Until Next Time

23 March 2018 – ‘And that is why I hate foreigners. They never bathe’ Shilpa concluded with a friendly smile. I was on the bus to Karni Mata, a Rat Temple not far from the Rajasthani desert-town of Bikaner, and my closest seatmate had introduced herself and struck up a conversation. Apparently Shilpa’s dislike of … More Until Next Time

Me, Myself and India

9 March 2018 – More than a billion people call India home, and it can feel like a pretty crowded and busy place. Travelling by myself I thought, where better to spend some time alone than lost in an anonymous sea of humanity? Sometimes, especially when I’m trying to buy a ticket or board a … More Me, Myself and India

Changing Pace

23 February 2018 – We’ve spent nearly six months of the last two years travelling in Africa – east, west, north, south…you name it. It’s gotten to the point where I can hardly imagine travelling anywhere else. So that’s exactly what I started to do – imagine someplace else, just for a change of pace. … More Changing Pace