Category Archives: Travel

The Land You Choose

Today is Valentines Day. Many think its a day of giving and getting, whether it be cards or candy, food or flowers, but to me Valentines Day is a day for people to stop and take stock of those they … Continue reading

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Not Locals, Friends

Last night I talked about my recent travels. I met a bunch of people who had heard stories about me, and the places I’ve gone, and things that I’d done, but they’d never met me.  Early on, one woman commented: … Continue reading

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“Men in Hats, Women in tunics and pants, and the Monobrow”

When you first land in Tajikistan you will be immediately struck by two things. One is that you are dreadfully tired. The flight probably arrives at 3 am and as it is 12 hours ahead of Pacific time, thus making … Continue reading

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Traveling with Purpose

I’ve earlier written about how I feel that those who travel should do so in an informed way. This is still a strong feeling in the way I travel, and I would feel bad if I didn’t at least read … Continue reading

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I sounded my Barbaric Yawp ON the roof of the world

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world. – Walt Whitman (LEAVES OF GRASS) Bulunkul is a small village in an obvious glacier valley resting at … Continue reading

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Bombs are Loud

When the bomb went off, I hadnt thought it was a bomb. I thought it was a crane dumping materials, or my neighbor doing house work. At 8:03 this morning I was sipping a cup of coffee watching BBC World … Continue reading

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“think us violent and stupid”: Arriving

Emomali’s chubby face peered into mine with intent, almost like he was questioning a spy, or at least a man caught trying to steal a wallet. The trays from two airplane meals were stacked on his tray table, and this, … Continue reading

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My accidental breakfast with a former…”terrorist”

*name of person has been changed to K. to protect him* I could not sleep. I had fallen asleep fast and hard when I had arrived home the night before as I had woken up at 4am that morning. But … Continue reading

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“I can’t break my fast without…”

Welcome readers, if you did not know, to the month of Ramadan! The month where Muslims all over the world show their respect  to Allah, and their faith by not eating or drinking, smoking or (as the French news put … Continue reading

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The City of Poets

Khujand, is an ancient city. he city’s history dates back to ancient times. In the opinion of historians legendary city of Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria Extreme) was constructed by Alexander the Great on the place of the present Khujand (the 5th century … Continue reading

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