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Baku to Tbilisi on the Night Train

We only had a five day transit visa for Azerbaijan. It is a relatively small country and while we would have liked to stay longer than five...

Top Sites of Baku and Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, being currently in the middle of an oil boom, is as expensive as Europe. We were confined to Baku because we only had a few...

Baku The Ancient City with a New Face-lift

We arrived in Baku at 1:00am and disembarked from the ferry with a sigh, it had been an amazing trip, and although it was over 30 hours...

Ferry from Turkmenbashi to Baku Part 2

Having returned to the ferry terminal after our morning attempt failed and we had decided to enjoy the day with a nice swim, we were...

Ashgabat to Turkmenbashi and Leaving Turkmenistan by Ferry

Having heard and read countless horror stories of the ferry situation from Turkmenbashi to Baku, we were eager to try for ourselves. Many a...

How to Take the Caspian Sea Ferry

Here is the process you must follow when trying to get a ferry, since many people want this information and no one else provides it in one...

The Re-Packed Packing List

As you know, we’ve spent the last two months in Turkmenistan putting back on some of the weight we lost in Kazakhstan, and relaxing...

Leaving Central Asia

As we depart Central Asia, we’re hit with a bittersweet feeling partially of relief and partly of sadness. Central Asia is like no...

Goodbye Turkmenistan

After two months in the arid deserts of Turkmenistan, it is time to move towards water. So we’re setting out sights on the infamous...

Site Updates

Since many of our readers view the blog through the RSS feed, we just wanted to write to let everyone know that we’ve made massive...

Darvaza Remix

Owing to a misplaced video of our last trip to the Darvaza crater, as well as an urge to try out new grilling methods and camping...

And The Journey Continues

With a little help from our friends, OK a lot of help via their visa agent, we are finally all ready for onward travel to Baku,...

Review of Apple i-Touch for Travelers

Three months ago I borrowed an Apple i-Touch while traveling through Central Asia. I posted a review of the handy appliance on our blog...

Sipping Beer on Alexander’s Fortress Walls

Sultan Sanjar, who referred to himself boldly as Alexander the II or ‘Sultan of the World’ died of a broken heart in 1157. The...

Merv A Desert Fortress of Pottery Shards

Last weekend we embarked on a three day / two night camping trip to the ruins of Merv.  A short 30 km away from the present city of Mary,...

The Ashgabat Zoo

In my youth we would visit zoos all over the world. I’ve seen some of the most amazing zoos humanity has to offer, at the top of the...

Visiting the Gates of Hell, Darvaza Turkmenistan

Dante readers beware, the “Gates of Hell” are very real. They are located in the middle of a vast, uninhabitable desert (not...

Swimming with Snakes

After the very long drive from Nohur to the Turkmenbasy on the Caspian Sea, and searching for a place to stay, we all ended up at the...

Fighting the Caspian Sea Virus

When we tell people that we live on the road, their eyes light up and they inevitably mutter, glazed-eyed: “man, I wish I could do...

The Push-Push Bazaar

For many Silk Route travelers, the Push-Push bazaar outside Ashgabat is one of the greatest highlights of the road. The bazaar spans...

Nohur to Turkmenbashi on the Ripples Roadway

Last night in Nohur we slept on the floor, atop rugs and a small pad. Throughout the night we slept off and on as dogs fought in the alleys...

Nohur The Last Call to Prayer

The small and relatively untouched village of Nohur rests in an unmarked valley of the Kopet Dag Mountains, which make up the border of...

Dinosaur Eggs on the Journey to the Caspian

We decided to take a weekend trip out to the Caspian Sea from Ashgabat.  Leaving mid-afternoon on Friday we planned to stop in the small...

Hajji Mosque in Geokdepe

This afternoon we ventured out of Ashgabat to see the museum to the Turkmen’s last stand against the Russians. 15,000 men, women and...

Cableway to the Iranian Border

From Ashgabat there is a cable car into the mountains that make up the southern border of Turkmenistan with Iran. For 2 Minat (75 cents)...