Tag Archives: Kazakhstan

Tashkent

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Woke up and brushed my teeth next to the road: You can see the border to Uzbekistan right be hind me. Then I changed some Uzbek money and got this ridiculously large wad of cash: Inflation is the name of the game. Had some cookies and some ice-tea, watched some “Modern Family” on my phone […]


a perfect bench and a Caboose in pain

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Everyone got up pretty early, when it was still dark outside. We had some tea and some bread, then we said good-bye: Yerik introduced me to his neighbor, a blind gentleman who really loved the idea of walking around with the Caboose: I was a bit worried though, because the ball bearings on one of […]


the worst kind of rain

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Woke up, had some tea with Nurzhan, and then I got on my way again. Nurzhan’s dad had been telling me about an uphill slope I was going to have to tackle. And he was right, it sucked. But there was a reward at the end: The Caboose liked it very much: But I was […]


out of shape

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It’s always the same: Whenever I am about to embark on a journey, I feel nervous. This time was no exception. I hadn’t walked in more than a month, a new country lay ahead, winter was coming. I hated it. But there is always an upside: it can feel pretty nice to just do things […]


FC

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Stayed in again. Finished up a bunch of blog entries. Sorted some stuff. Made a short video of some of the footage I had taken in Astana: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Then I went down to the hotel restaurant and had a large […]


our bar

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So the snow had eventually followed me all the way to Shymkent: I stayed in and compiled some of the footage from Turkistan into a short clip: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube No anti-flicker and no effects. Enough work as it was. Then I […]


Olympic Wedding Games

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Today I looked around in Shymkent for a while: One thing is clear by now – Kazakh people really love weddings: If there was something like an international competition of weddings, say the Olympic Wedding Games of some sort, I am sure Kazakhstan would be taking home more than one trophy. And maybe even all […]


davay!

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Saw the Caboose today: It had been a month since I had left her. “Come on, let’s go, dude”, she said. Or maybe she even said: “davay!” But I wasn’t ready to go just yet. This was because my visa for Uzbekistan was only valid after December 10th. But it was also because I felt […]


those who like golden things

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When I woke up, my head hurt. There had been a lot of noise in the hotel during the night, and with “noise” I mean the kind of noise prostitutes make when they want their clients to get it over with. It was depressing. I left the hotel and pulled the Caboose through some back […]


king of the hill

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I had to leave early in the morning, because it was going to be a long way today. So I left the house of the friendly Azeri family at around eight: Walked past a little shop: And then I was out on the highway again: It turned out to be hills all day. Just up […]


outshot

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The morning was sunny and the sky was blue: As I was leaving Turar Ryskulov, I walked past this gentleman preparing a huge pot of plov: And it took me a while until I understood that it was for a restaurant he was about to inaugurate: He asked me if I wanted to stay, but […]


soul fooomnomnomnom

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I had bought some vodka the night before: And some pickles to go along with the V: Then I went about switching the inner tube on my tire: And I found the evil-doer that had stabbed it: Cursed be thee, evil-doer! Then I wandered around town: Had dinner in this place called “Soul Food”, a […]


autumn to a pool

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Woke up in Zoe’s living room: It had been a warm night under the Mecca poster next to the oven: Zoe was in a great mood, and so was I: We hung out for a while, having tea and talking about the ways of the world, then at around noon I finally got on my […]


super heroes

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In the morning the dude who had told me the way to the hotel showed up: His name was Yerig. It was snowing outside, and I didn’t really feel like walking: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube So I stayed in and took some selfies […]


hole in the sky

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When I woke up, the pilgrims had already left. So I said good-bye to Katya and her husband, the owners of the pilgrim guesthouse: Then I left the village that was called Aisha Bibi after the mausoleum: One time I saw a single dog on the road: I still wonder where it was going. Another […]


killing fun with pilgrims

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Left Taraz and my perfect hotel today. And what do you know, the city actually seemed a bit bigger now that I was walking through it. There was a burger place: A church: A mosque: And an amusement park: The snow had all but disappeared, and it felt like autumn again: When I passed the […]


hehe, tomatoes

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Stayed in. Had a bunch of tomatoes: Watched some Beavis & Butt-head cartoons. Made a video about why the DJI Osmo sucks: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Living the good life.


a border run and a donkey vehicle

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I was in Kazakhstan on the 15-day visa-free program. And my 15 days were about to run out. So I hopped into a cab and went to the border at Grodikovo: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Luckily, it was very close to Taraz: When […]


Chanel

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Had the best hotel room ever. Well, it wasn’t exactly a room. It was more like an apartment: An apartment with a bedroom: …and another bedroom: …and an awesome hot shower: And for some reason the place was less expensive than the regular hotel that I had looked up before. Oh, and it had the […]


looming loo

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The sky was strange this morning: Approaching. Looming. Foreboding. Made for an interesting time-lapse though: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube (I wish I could turn this into an ever-looping gif.) There was not much to see besides the clouds: One time a sign that […]