Day 20 – The End of the Road

Tuesday 16 September 2014 (and a bit of Wednesday 17th, to keep Moynaq together) Welcome to Moynaq, the small town with the big fart. I’m not at all sure how many people live here, but it’s probably fewer than live in my current hometown of Kirkby-in-Ashfield (which is about 30,000). …

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Day 19 – Film-set of the Slave Traders

Monday 15 September 2014 BMQ : Notable. Khiva. Central Asian Khanate notable for cruel slave-traders and leaders with fickle loyalties. It was Khiva who invited the Russians to help defend against other tribes, in the early days of The Great Game, then decided she didn’t need their help after all, …

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Day 18 – Lazy in Tashkent

Sunday 14 September 2014 On the train. That I only just made it to the train (by 15 minutes), despite having all day to make it from one side of the city centre to the other, and despite not really having done much today of note, says more about me …

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Day 17 – Taxi to Tashkent

Saturday 13 September 2014 See, breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, but it’s something I tend to avoid. This becomes a problem when you have a long day travelling, and the only place you can stop for a snack is a roadside market selling …

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Day 16 – The Last Khanate

Friday 12 September 2014 This is my third day in Uzbekistan, and I’ve come to one conclusion: the street food is much better in Kyrgyzstan. I don’t know if it’s something particular about the Uzbek part of the Fergana Valley, and the rest of Uzbekistan is quite tasty, but certainly …

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Day 15 – Ferganistan

Thursday 11 September The Fergana Valley is supposed to be the most outwardly Islamic area pretty much in the whole of Central Asia. I have to say though I’ve not seen a lot of evidence of this. It’s true that every town I passed through yesterday to get here had …

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