World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: A Nomad Olympics

World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: An Olympics for Nomadic Cultures If you were following my Facebook Page or Instagram in 2014, you’ll have undoubtedly seen a flood of images from old-school portraits to crazy sporting events, all from one very specific and amazing event: The World Nomad Games 2014. Hosted by Kyrgyzstan and featuring teams from across the Pan-Turkic world and … Continue reading »

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Instagram Update: The Best of November

I know, I know, I know. Only two posts in November, and both of those fro old trips to Europe! I spent November in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and the beaches of Southern Turkey and online working in Bishkek… and yet somehow didn’t get around to writing about ANY of it. Luckily, though, I did … Continue reading »

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Travel Budget: Azerbaijan

Travel Budget: Azerbaijan Not only is Azerbaijan one of my least favorite travel destinations ever, but to add insult to injury it was also a pretty expensive place to explore! For starters, the tourist visa costs around $170 for Americans. I’d hoped for a cheaper transit visa but the consulate I applied at (Batumi, Georgia) … Continue reading »

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Photo Slideshow: Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a bit of a strange place to visit. I had a handful of incredibly positive interactions, with people that were so willing to be helpful and even (when pointing didn’t quite work) grab my arm and literally pull me in the right direction. At the same time, though, I had SO MANY negative … Continue reading »

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Up, Down, and Around Again – Hiking in Xinaliq

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Drawings in the Desert

As disappointed as I was by the Qobustan Mud Volcanoes, I was equally pleasantly surprised by the nearby petroglyphs. After leaving Central Asia a month earlier, I’d been pretty ‘glyphed out. I’d visited so many of the things (and in beautiful setting like the Tajik Wakhan Valley and Pamir Mountains) that I honestly didn’t expect … Continue reading »

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Вы хотите чаю?

As beautiful as the Old Town of Lahic looks, my favorite selling point of the city was the ample opportunity for hiking around the village. Give me a beautiful old village with an interesting local twist to traditional culture surrounded by accessible nature, though, and I’m sold pretty much anywhere in the world! If hiking … Continue reading »

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Shootin’ the Sheki

Lonely Planet would have you believe that Sheki is the crown jewel of traveling in Azerbaijan, reason enough in and of itself to visit the country. This is not entirely true, but only because there are cooler places in the nation. Indeed thinking back on Azerbaijan, I think we met more and nicer people in … Continue reading »

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