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Project Bly Brings World Street Market Culture To You

Project Bly Brings World Street Market Culture To You Courtesy of Shriti Bannerjee, ProjectBly.com If you are the kind of traveler who lives for digging through flea markets and wandering through souks, you might want to travel over to ProjectBly.com, a new lifestyle website featuring a rotation of world street market...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Final Part

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Final Part Read parts one, two, three and four of this story. I said a tentative goodbye to Marina, not knowing whether she wanted to lose me or not. I didn't have the mental capacity to deal with the chaos and uncertainty of a new place, so I was pleased when Marina said we should...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Four

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Four Read parts one, two and three of this story. Day Four I woke up in a sweat and was told by Marina that we had crossed into Turkmenistan, a country I had no transit visa for. The compartment was a white-hot crucible of heat that was exacerbated by the fact that none of...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Three

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Three Read part one and two of this story. Day Three On my third morning on board an increasingly hellish train ride, I found a fully intact piece of excrement resting on the train's only toilet seat I could get to. It seemed not to have been an accident; in fact, the feces...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Two

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Two Read Part One of this story here. Day Two We reached the Kazakh border before lunchtime and there was an unbelievable commotion as scores of merchants boarded the train while others threw big boxes through open windows. Two men barged into our compartment carrying...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part One

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part One Read parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 of this story. After spending four sweltering, monotonous days on a dirty, cargo-laden train from Moscow to Bukhara, sharing a compartment with two Uzbek prostitutes, a Russian soldier and a capricious, alcoholic conductor prone to flashbacks from...

Amazing Photos Of Uzbekistan's Desert Ship Graveyard

Amazing Photos Of Uzbekistan's Desert Ship Graveyard A relentless sun bakes down upon the desert sands near the Uzbekistan city of Mo'ynaq, sending shimmering waves of heat and swirling dust clouds floating skywards. As the scarce few travelers who have traversed this most barren and isolated of landscapes will tell...

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR This year is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union and 21 years since the reunification of Germany. While citizens of the USSR and GDR were unable to travel abroad and restricted in domestic travel, foreign travelers were permitted under a controlled...

Ten most corrupt countries of the world

Ten most corrupt countries of the world You spend every holiday weekend annoyed that you can't talk your way out of a speeding ticket. If only there were some way out of that predicament ... aside from taking your lead foot off the gas, right? You may be out of luck on the New Jersey Turnpike, but there are...

AirBaltic expands, spruces up

AirBaltic expands, spruces up Yesterday, Latvian airline AirBaltic launched two new routes: Riga-Madrid and Riga-Beirut. Riga-based AirBaltic is an airline to watch. Little known in North America, the airline is notable for its low starting fares and the inclusion of most of Europe's most popular...

Cycling the Silk Road

Cycling the Silk Road Cycling tours have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially amongst adventure travelers who are looking to explore the world from the seat of their bikes. One of the leaders in organizing these kinds of adventure cycling trips has always been Tour d'Afrique...

Ship graveyards from around the world

Ship graveyards from around the world Eco-friendly website Environmental Graffiti has an interesting story on their site today that details some of the top cargo ship graveyards from around the world. The article also includes some amazing photos of the rusted out shells of former cargo and cruise ships that...

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go I never knew there could be a book so thoughtful and inspiring for women as this one. Stephanie Elizondo Griest's second travel book, which lists far more than just 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, is truly an encyclopedia for women travelers. It's the kind of book that...

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi on life as an expat

Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi on life as an expat Like so many expats, Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi moved abroad right out of college. But since that time, he's had about the most atypical expat experience you can imagine. He played baseball in Uzbekistan for their national team, and was kicked out of the country by...

Keeping the 'Stans Straight, part 5: Uzbekistan

Keeping the 'Stans Straight, part 5: Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Location: Telling you it's north of Turkmenistan is probably not very helpful. Check the map. Capital: Tashkent In a nutshell: The most populous country in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is perenially cited by international watchdog groups as having one of the world's...

Moscow's best outdoor markets

Moscow's best outdoor markets There is nothing quite like a Russian outdoor market. Imagine a place where produce and goods from the largest country in the world come together in a bounty of pleasure. Throw in tastiness from the former soviet republics in Central Asia and the Caucuses, and you've got a...

Kazakhstan Replacing Cyrillic Alphabet with Latin One

Kazakhstan Replacing Cyrillic Alphabet with Latin One One of the biggest challenges of traveling through the former Soviet Union is tying to decipher the Cyrillic alphabet. The unnerving thing is that it shares many letters with the Latin alphabet, yet they are pronounced very differently. Like a "B" having a "V" sound, for...

Happy Birthday to Samarkand...Again

Happy Birthday to Samarkand...Again Just two decades after celebrating its 2500 year anniversary, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan has just celebrated its 2750th birthday. Since the celebrations marking two and a half millenia, archaeologists have now discovered texts which show that the trading city on the...

Awesome UNESCO Panos

Awesome UNESCO Panos I'm a big fan of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over the years have loved strolling through the official website to check out possible places to visit. In the past, the website only had a handful of photographs to give you an idea of what to expect from a location. But...

Word for the Travel Wise (12/10/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (12/10/06) Just about anywhere you go in Central Asia to eat you're bound to come across this slightly greasy, yet appetizing and filling meal of rice, chick peas, and sometimes meat. I ate it plenty of times in Tajikistan and once you get past the greasiness of all the food this is...

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