Category Archives: Foreign Governments

Border Lands

In the summer of 2013, Mike Libecki, Ethan Pringle, and Liv Sansoz traveled to the remote Tian Shan Mountains near the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. The team traveled though desert landscapes, a maze of sandstone towers, high plains and deep valleys to establish one of the must unique multi-pitch climbs in the region.

From Kashgar to Irkeshtam, at the border with Kyrgyzstan

It’s been over 2 months since I last wrote about my on-going bike trip. I am now back in China for the October Holiday after visiting Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in August and September. It was hard to get on line in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan and then I was with my parents in Kyrgyzstan and wanted to take advantage of every minute with them so I didn’t spend much time on line (Sorry Becky!). Lots of things have happened since the end of July when I was in Kashgar. I am going to try to retrace my steps and share my impressions on 2 beautiful months across Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.  P5132968-1024x768-2

Central Asia Travel: A Beginner’s Guide

We are Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott, a husband-and-wife storytelling team. Over twelve years ago we began with a one-way ticket and an insatiable curiosity about the world and its people. More than 80 countries later, we are still going…and still married.

Deserts and dictators. Yurts and nomads. Silk Road cities, staggering yet underrated mountain ranges, Soviet detritus, and one of the world’s greatest road trips. "The Long Walk Home"

Top 25 things to see in Asia

The attractions of Asia are so many and varied it is easy to see why it can become so sublimely addictive for travellers. Amazing landscapes; incredible history; inspiring art and architecture; and such a diverse range of cultures it is mind-blowing.

I’ve done a quick count and I have visited 12 countries in Asia over the past ten years – still a few to cover. Coming up with a top 25 things to see and do in Asia was obviously quite a challenge as there are so many to choose from. But here are my top 25 experiences in Asia. It proved too much of a challenge to put them in any order of preference so they are in no particular order. P5132968-1024x768-2

Would you ever go back?

Farrell’s company is going through some major changes and there’s a small but terrifying (but not end-of-the-world terrifying, and it’s a small chance, so any family emails related to this sentence will be ignored) chance that maybe Farrell could lose his job (but it’s small, probably unlikely, but you never know). This all made me think: scaled_0263

Kyrgyz living in the Pamirs of Afghanistan

World’s best traditions

Forget birthdays and anniversaries, what about these grand traditions? 681x454

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13 universal truths of travel

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One thing I really enjoy about Bishkek is the presence of so much nature and so many quirky trips within the Chuy Valley where the city is located. One of these cropped-IMG_4854highlights is the old Soviet-Era health resort at Issyk-Ata.

11 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Mountain Ranges

Here’s a list of the most beautiful mountain ranges. Screen-shot-2012-03-08-at-11.12.12-AM

Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains are there too.