Abu Simbel, Egypt
A little about Carly.....
It was oh so quiet and still. Mud-brick walls rose high above me on either side to meet as arches high above. It was like the walls were enveloping me and I wondered if these adobe walls were absorbing all sound. In the distance the occasional shaft of pale light would cut through the shadows.
A year ago I finally arrived in Iran after three months of travelling across China and Central Asia! As I crossed the border from Turkmenistan I was a jumble of emotions. I couldn’t quite believe I’d made it so far completely overland, I was excited to be back in the Middle East and I was
The deserts lands of Turkmenistan is one of the most off-the-beaten path destinations in the world. In fact Turkmenistan is the seventh least visited countries in the world! Turkmenistan is notorious for once being ruled by one of the most eccentric and bizarre dictators the world has ever seen. It’s capital is full of gleaming
It was time to leave the strange and bizarre city of Ashgabat and time for my last border crossing in Central Asia. I was leaving behind one of the least visited regions in the world. A region full of domineering and beautiful mountains, endless deserts, stunning blue-tiled buildings, exotic and colourful markets, and a wonderfully
Last October I travelled through Turkmenistan and spent a handful of days in the bizarre city of Ashgabat. Turkmenistan is the seventh least visited country in the world and it’s capital, Ashgabat, is a truly strange city. In fact it’s the weirdest city I’ve ever visited in all my travels! So what makes the capital
Ashgabat is far and away the weirdest city I have ever visited in all of my travels. Imagine huge hulking white marble buildings next to more huge white marble buildings lining pristine streets of perfectly manicured gardens and beautiful fountains. The streets are wide, clean and empty of people. Except for the occasional policeman who’s
It was the morning of my border crossing into Turkmenistan, the last ‘stan’ of my Silk Road travels. I was leaving the dazzling blue tiled cities of Uzbekistan behind to head to the land of dictators, bizarre architecture, and one of the strangest countries in the world! My guesthouse in Bukhara had arranged a taxi
Turkmenistan, a reclusive type of country once ruled by one of the most bizarre dictator’s in history, is notoriously difficult when it comes to organising a visa. But it is possible! Here’s my first hand experience of tracking down a Turkmenistan visa. Everyone needs a tourist visa to visit Turkmenistan and in order to obtain
Have you ever wondered how to get an Iranian visa in Uzbekistan? Perhaps not, which is understandable and not surprising. But for a handful of travellers it might well be exactly what they’ve been trying to find out. I know first hand how difficult it can be to find up to date and relevant information
Ancient cities where brilliant aqua domes push towards bright blue skies, exotic and colourful markets, shared taxi adventures, cashless ATMs and black market negotiations, a fascinating history and locals who greet you with a gold-tooth smile. This is Uzbekistan and it is one of the most unique and unusual countries in the world. In September