Over the Caspian Sea

Baku, 27.07.2019 In the "posh hotel" the ladies at the reception were very helpful to try to find out about the next ferry to sail. In the end, the info on Caravanistan this time proved to be accurate, incl. the contact to Ilgar, the gentleman that arranges the ferry crossings in Aktau. Once we connected …

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Get out

Aktau, 23.07.2019 Ants woke me up in the morning, running over my arms and legs looking for breakfast. After convincing them they were in the wrong spot, I went for breakfast myself. On the way I went to check on the car, now in full daylight, to assess the damage of the last night. The …

Tian Shan

Karakol, 25.06.2019 About an hour before reaching Almaty the steppe stopped, it got greener, trees started to dot the landscape, and then suddenly on the horizon, the Tian Shan mountain range appeared. It was impressive to see, covered in snow not just on the peaks. To the west heavy rain came down just in front …

Through the steppe

Almaty, 23.06.2019 Leaving Nur-Sultan for Almaty, almost 1.300km of steppe lay ahead of me. From my last visit I remembered the flat land, desert, and Soviet ruins. This time the road led through another area though. The steppe turned out to be a giant cemetery. About half an hour from Nur-Sultan lies the Alzhir museum …

R&R in Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan, 21.05.2016 The last five weeks have been quite a ride and very intense, for mind and body. I went from a city life with sport, lots of yoga and movement to driving most of the day, plus the Russian roads treatment to my back. Many nights in small hotel rooms didn't leave a lot …

In Asia

Nur-Sultan, 20.06.2019 The moment the Mini rolled out of the mountainous Urals the change in Landscape became immediately noticeable. The flat plains were a lot drier, the trees started to disappear. The heat in the sunshine helped probably, but the memories of my time in Central Asia in 2013 came up fast. The faces on …