Kyrgyzstan Visas

Known as the most visa-friendly country in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan’s visa was a piece of cake – no Letters of Invitation (LOIs), no questioning. Just fill out an application, pay the fee in the morning and return in the afternoon for the visa. We did this in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.If you are flying into Bishkek, don’t bother to get your visa in advance. Visas on … [Read more...]

Sex and the Central Asian Visa

I just want to go home. I'm tired of all this visa stuff. -- A distressed traveler at the Kazakh embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.So what does sex have to do with Central Asian visas? Simple, really. Thinking about, planning around, and procuring visas for Central Asian countries begins to dominate one’s time and mindspace -- almost to the point of obsession. … [Read more...]

The Best of Central Asia in Photos

A Kalpak and a Smile

A couple of notes, dear reader. We are headed to Myanmar and things may be quiet, or they may not. We just don't know. If you don't hear from us on the home page, take a look at "The Very Latest" on the left-hand sidebar. Twitter seems to have worked in most countries, even those with heavy internet controls and painfully slow connections.We are also still … [Read more...]

Video of the Central Asian Market Scene

Shall We Dance?

When we arrive in a new location, we usually seek out the local market. This is how we orient ourselves. Markets provide an easy way to meet real people in a friendly context. They also offer an insight into local food and culture. Central Asian markets proved no different. We found ourselves frequently sampling local fruits (OK, having fruit heaped upon us by the … [Read more...]

The Pamir Mountains and Wakhan Valley – People and Landscape

Tajikistan Pamirs - A Beautiful Defense

Our visit to the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan introduced us to some the most spectacular scenery we’ve taken in on our journey thus far. Other mountainous areas, hyped in guidebooks and on travel websites, have only paled in comparison. The Pamir region not only stands out for the severity and beauty of its landscape, but it shines most of all for the colorful, … [Read more...]