Podcast #008: Uzbekistan

The Barefoot Backpacker, walking in the Hazrati Imam complex in Tashkent - Islamic architecture abounds, with colourful tiles and minarets.

Welcome to Episode 8 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

This episode is dedicated to the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan – a place famous for the Silk Road, the ‘Great Game’ (where Britain and Russia vied for supremacy in Asia in the 1700s and 1800s), and Soviet architecture and mismanagement (Aral Sea). A place where the names evoke a sense of the mystery and exotic in British ears (Bukhara, Tamerlane, Samarkhand etc). Yet despite all this, it’s a place people don’t know much about. This will all soon change, as you will hear.

I talk about:
* How not to die in Lebanon
* Toxic Masculinity
* The Uzbek Som, and its lack of value at the time of my visit
* Quirky accommodation, and the lack of party-party backpackers
* Central Asian food (I hope you like onion)
* Transport across Uzbekistan, including the ‘Share Taxi’ concept, and what happens if you catch the slow bus
* The administration and registration I had to go through, which you may not have to
* Crossing the border by land
* The Aral Sea and The Great Game

Again there is no “lesser-known destination of the week” this week, as the whole pod is a ‘lesser known destination’.

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice ūüôā Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know. There is a Facebook group for my podcast that you’re free to join: Click here!

Contributions in this podcast came from:
* Amy at ‘The Non Backpacker’
* Laura & Matt from ‘Two Stay Wild’
* and Sophie, from ‘Maximum Exposure’, who literally wrote the book on it!

[This pod was issued early in February but due to my own ineptitude, I am only now able to post the link to it on my blog…]

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