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Independence Park in Ashgabat

Laid out in 1993, two years after the Turkmen claimed independence from the Russians after the fall of the Soviet Union, Independence Park...

Statistics from Shanghai to Ashgabat

Originally, the trip was planned as a Shanghai to Ashgabat adventure. Well, we have an announcement to make—we have decided to keep on...

Into Turkmenistan by Foot

The rest of the day, including two long walks through no-mans-land between customs in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan seemed easy after dealing...

Goodbye Uzbekistan

After recovering the cell phone in Bukhara, we decided it was time to move on as we had been in Uzbekistan for almost 25 days and in...

The Great Cellphone Saga

Somewhere in the ruins of the Urgench fortresses the cell phone dropped out of my side bag and into the hot, desert sand. It was not until...

The Bukhara Local’s Market

Shopping in old town Bukhara is an expensive endeavor. A meter of fabric is $8 USD, “hand made! Very beautiful!” while a T-shirt is...

There and Back Again, a Lauren’s Tale

For those of you who got the reference above to Tolkien, I salute you. (and for those of you who got the ‘I salute you’ reference from...

Karakulpakstan and the 50 Fortresses

Just a daytrip away from Urgench or Khiva, the “Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm,” should not be missed. Although some may disagree or...

Khiva A Silk Road Oasis

Khiva was once renowned for its exotic and plentiful slave trade along the silk route. Slaves were captured in distant lands and marched...

Inshallah We Shall Arrive in Khiva

Having decided to leave Bukhara, we endeavored to find a way to Khiva, a city on the western side of Uzbekistan. There was a train, but it...

Bukhara is The City Synonymous with Medieval Torture

It was in front of The Ark that Stoddart and Connolly were executed at the Emir’s request in 1842. It had all started innocently enough...

The Bukhara Underbelly

We arrived in Bukhara this afternoon and were a bit shocked by the strange reception we received. Having met the owner of a B&B on the...

Daniel’s Tomb and Ulugh Beg’s Observatory

After taking a walking tour of several mausoleums and the ruins of Ulugh Beg’s (the famous Central Asian astronomer) observatory, we...

Tamerlane’s Tomb

Down the street past the Registan, near a huge monument of Tamerlane, sits the Guri Amir Mausoleum. The mausoleum was a huge complex with a...

Shanghai to Samarkand and The People We’ve Met

When traveling you get to met people from every walk of life with all kinds of beliefs ranging from the mundane to the insane.  In...

Samarkand Where the Insects of Legend Dwell

Since arriving in Uzbekistan we have seen an inordinate about of insects of every shape, variety and color. In Tashkent, upon walking into...

Samarkand is Marco Polo’s Secret

Our first day in Samarkand left us spell bound and awe-struck. There is no exaggerating this place, because exaggerations are impossible...

Changing Money in Central Asia

You can change USD to any currency in Central Asia. The Dollar is still truly king here and surprisingly, Euros have not quite caught on...

Apple i-touch Product Review and Attempt to Get Sponsor

The Apple i-touch, like many other Apple inventions, is an amazing piece of hardware. I’m borrowing one for the next twenty days and have...

Tashkent Uzbekistan

We were fortunate enough to spend seven full days in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, staying at the Grand Orzu hotel near the center...

Famous Travel Quotes From Other Cube Abandoners

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” –Lao Tzu “Half the fun of travel is the esthetic of...

Best Foods of the Silk Route

Lamb kebabs – Urumqi, Xinjiang. Urumqi has an amazing night market near the park with beer, kebabs, nan, plov and other Central Asian...

Funding the Escape

Naturally, some of you are wondering how we can afford to be unemployed and yet pay for train tickets all over the continent. Here is how I...

The Beatles are Huge in Kazakhstan

We arrived in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, at 6:00am after 36 hours on the train. We immediately realized how screwed we were...

Packing for Several Months on the Road

Top Five Things I Wish We’d Brought • More carabineers. So far, carabineers and rope have been two of the most useful items in my pack....