Khiva: where water is sweet?

Mohammed Rakhim Khan MadrassahIn the last post, I told you about our journey to see the environmental tragedy that is the disappearing Aral Sea. Time to move on. We leave Muynak and the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan and head south into the Khorezm region and [...]

2021-02-26T19:00:59+00:0020 January 2021|UNESCO World Heritage, Uzbekistan|

Muynak and the dying sea

What does dark tourism mean to you? Do you think of Auschwitz? The fields of Flanders or Cambodia's killing fields? Chernobyl? Robben Island? Pompeii? The Berlin Wall? Places where barbaric acts of terrorism have taken place? A walk in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper [...]

Transfixed in Turkmenistan: The Gates of Hell and Other Eccentric Encounters

Hello hello, good people, and welcome to another episode of wild and wacky Turkmen tales. We can't travel at the moment, but we can reminisce, and invite you along for the ride here in Sophie's World. Why yes, that IS a burning gas crater behind us. [...]

Transfixed in Turkmenistan: the Ashgabat edition, 11 things you’ll love

It was oddly difficult to decide how to headline this post. The 11 things you'll love-series: a tried and trusted format. Transfixed in Turkmenistan: so fitting. As usual when I can't decide, I choose both. Always works out, somehow. But enough of that; let's get [...]

Driving the Pamir Highway – Dushanbe to Osh

Thinking of driving the Pamir Highway? It's one of the world's epic road trips (possibly the most epic), through the wild landscape of the Pamir Mountains, and along the equally wild Panj, the river that forms the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. You'll drive across [...]

2021-05-03T14:09:03+01:0028 January 2019|Kyrgyzstan, Road trips, Tajikistan|

Marian’s Guesthouse: An Oasis in Dushanbe

Considering a visit to Dushanbe and wondering where to stay? Dush-where, you ask? Well, Dush is where it's at. Skopje, Pristina, Astana, Pyongyang, Vaduz, Chisinau - you may remember I'm forever intrigued by the quirky and often lesser-known national capitals of the world. A city of 800 [...]

2020-06-29T12:30:17+01:0016 August 2018|hotels & lodgings, Tajikistan|
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