27
May-2009

Top 5 Illegal Things We’ve Seen in Central Asia

1. A marijuana plant growing on the side of the road in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Uzbek lake

Uzbek lake

2. Multiple people on the train shaking the border guards hands full of money to avoid having their bags searched in Kazakhstan.

3. Illegal money traders on every train in every country so far.

4. Kazakh guards patting Mike down for money, official theft.

5. Elderly man on Kazakh train with drugs taped to his stomach.

Honorable mentions:

6. Everyone driving in Central Asia is breaking a multitude of laws every second on the road.

7. Kazakh woman transporting goods illegal from China using our train cabin.

8. Racing cars down a public road in Uzbekistan, using the e-brake to pull 180s.

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  • Brian says:

    #2 – Was this to avoid inconvenience, do you think, or did they have contraband?
    #4 – Did Mike lose any money in the ordeal?

  • abandont says:

    #2 – Could have been to avoid inconvenience, or could have been to avoid more. By the time we got through both borders I had the feeling we were the only people on the train NOT transporting illegal goods.

    #4 – Yes, he lost $2USD, the total amount in his pocket at the time.

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