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Vietnam, interrupted

2020-01-27

Our trip to Vietnam got off to a good start. We reached the Vietnamese border town of Mong Cai relatively early in the afternoon, despite leaving Fang

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On the tourist trail from Guiyang to Yangshuo

2020-01-03

We left Guiyang as we had arrived - again by bus. We calculated that, by skipping a few more days through the mountains, we would then have just enoug

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Intoxicating Guizhou

2019-12-26

Luzhou is famous in Sichuan for its liquor, of which we tried a little at our Couchsurfing host's place. Little did we know that, as we made our way i

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The ancient Shu road to Chengdu

2019-12-10

The "Roads to Shu" are a system of mountain roads linking the Chinese provinces of Sichuan (Shu) and Shaanxi (Wei), built and maintained since the 4th

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In the middle of Middle Country

2019-11-28

In Lanzhou, we had consigned our bicycles to Baoji, where we had a Couchsurfing host waiting for us. However, we ourselves didn't go directly to Baoji

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Along the Hexi Corridor

2019-11-11

Jiayuguan is at the end of the Ming dynasty Great Wall, that, in this area, used to protect the western reaches of the Ming empire and the Silk Road.

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Escaping Xinjiang

2019-10-23

It's currently not a good time to visit the province of Xinjiang, in the northwest of China. The conflict between Han and Uyghur people in the region

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A korner of Kazakhstan

2019-10-11

Kazakhstan is our fifth and final Central Asian country. The ninth largest country in the world (by area), we are ironically spending relatively littl

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All the Kul places

2019-09-25

Song-Kul is a high alpine lake in the mountains at about 3000m above sea level. Often said to be one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan, much

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In Nomads' Land

2019-09-08

On our first day in Kyrgyzstan, we encountered by far the most cyclists in a day. We arrived at the Tajik border post together with three cyclists tha

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Marmot Madness

2019-08-13

Alichur means Ali's curse, and it's easy to see how the village got its name. After passing by only lone houses in last three days of cycling, the sig

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Altitude Madness

2019-08-07

After our long break in Khorog, it was finally time to tackle the high Pamirs. Leaving Khorog up the main M41, also known as the Pamir Highway (which

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Along the Afghan Border

2019-07-21

Arriving at the Panj river, we had hoped that the worst of the heat would be over for now, with the valley being cooled by the river and with us slowl

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Into the Pamirs

2019-07-07

The rumors are true - immediately after the border from Uzbekistan, there were far fewer car horns. The border crossing was smooth, too. The German Mi

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Travel fatigue?

2019-07-02

After leaving our friendly hosts in Kitob, we cycled a long, flat stretch to Guzar, where we couldn't find a guesthouse or hotel, but ended up sleepin

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Along the ancient Silk Road

2019-06-23

Somewhere in northern Iran, we had left the main route of the ancient Silk Road to explore the old Persian cities to the south. We then rejoined the S

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The lazy cyclists' ride through Turkmenistan

2019-06-09

Tourist visas for Turkmenistan are expensive - you need to book a tour through a tour company, and it can cost over a hundred dollars a day. Most inde

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Travelling in Iran during Ramadan

2019-05-29

We were unsure about what to expect when cycling in Iran during Ramadan. Iran being an "Islamic Republic", fasting during Ramadan is mandated by law.

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Culture shock in Iran

2019-05-14

Entering Isfahan, the first thing that struck us was the lush greenery everywhere. Blessed with the Zayandeh River that flows through the city, the ci

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Among Aryans

2019-05-05

While we're still cycling between the big and interesting cities of central Iran (Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz - more about these in a future blog post), peo

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