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cannabis kyrgyztan

This is after the border to Kyrgystan. I’ve already heard that Cannabis is growing there along the road and I can verify that. I also heard that it’s bad weed and you get headache from it. I can’t verify that. Kyrgystan drivers are just driving too reckless for any experiments like that.

north of bishkek

Tian Shen Mountains north of Bishkek, Kyrgystan’s capital

Kazakhstan #2

kazakhstan evening

After Tashkent I went back to Kazakhstan. As a first sign of autumn the nights are getting already cold and in the evening the smell of coal is in the air.

straw truck

Impressive how they managed to pile up all the straw on that truck. I never saw how they did it and I’m afraid this knowledge might one day get lost. Future generations will puzzle over it like today we’re puzzling about how they once managed to build the pyramids of Gizeh. Just upside down.

Tian Shen 1

Tian Shen 2

Tian Shen 3

Tian Shen 4

At one point some mountains are showing up on the right side, they’re part of the Tian Shan Mountainrange that further south turns into the Pamir Mountains and even further into the Himalayas.

camp kazakhstan steppe

The Kazakhstan steppe is one giant campground with a starlit sky at night. I finally understood why it’s called the milky way because here it’s actually a white ribbon across the sky among a million stars.

bicycle tree

My brave bike. Still running like a charm after almost 8000km. For cooking I went back to the Neanderthaler method: stones and wood. So, I always need a tree around.



I took a train to Samarkand in Uzbekistan to speed up a bit and to get to the other side of Turkmenistan. There you have some great medieval islamic architecture but I didn’t feel like staying long. After all the waiting for the Turkmen Visa I felt like getting back on the bike.

uzbekistan money

One bizarre thing about Uzbekistan is the money. Each of these bills is worth around 0.15 Euro, so if you change 20$ at one of the guys with the big black plastic bags you end up with a huge pile of paper. No chance to fit it into a wallet.

sheep uzbekistan

A group of sheep somewhere in Uzbekistan.

breakfast uzbekistan

This is after a breakfast concert along the road in Uzbekistan between Samarkand and Tashkent.

mini bus uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is proud about having their own car factory. This mini bus is very popular, it is actually mini but they still manage to squeeze an impressive amount of Uzbeks into it.

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