My Final Days In My Final Country — Turkmenistan Part 4

Welcome back to our Turkmen adventure, where we last left off knocking on the Door to Hell. You survived the hellfire, sandstorm, and shit-eaters that plagued us in our most recent installment. Now we’re in for a smoother ride as we enjoy my final few days in my final UN 193 country, Turkmenistan. We had…

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To Hell And Back — Turkmenistan Part 3

Welcome back to our tour of Turkmenistan, the second most restricted country in the world and the final country I visited to achieve my goal of traveling to all 193 member states of the United Nations. So far, we’ve bounced through the capital city of Ashgabat a few times, visited a not-so-grand canyon, and spent…

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Living On The Edge In My Final Country — Turkmenistan Part 2

To cut to the chase, Turkmenistan is a large country and we won’t quite make it to the Gates of Hades in this post. But we will get close, and along the way, we’ll survive a car crash, visit the not-so-Grand Canyon of Central Asia, touch the Caspian Sea and check out a prohibited beach…

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My Final (Recognized) Country In The World – Turkmenistan Part 1

I’ve taken a bit of a break from publishing lately, but not from travel. At the ripe old age of 32 — and despite there being many border closures during the recent scamdemic and many Greta wannabes shaming me for my carbon footprint — I have now travelled to every fully recognized country in the…

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Reminiscing The Valley Of Resistance – Afghanistan Part 3

I’ve already told you about my pre-Taliban takeover entry into Afghanistan and my encounters with this troubled land’s beauty and blown-up Buddha statues. Now it’s fittingly time to drive directly into what was and always had been — up until very recently — the valley of resistance. There we’ll visit a couple assassination destinations before…

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Breathtaking Beauty And Blown-Up Buddha Statues – Afghanistan Part 2

You’ve already heard about my just-in-time arrival in Afghanistan. And I know you’re presuming I got out in time as well. But before we get to my Afghan exit, we still have a lot of ground to cover in this crucial and complex country — home to everyone from Pashtuns to Uzbeks to Tajiks to…

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Trekking The Stans Part 2: Islamic Architecture And A Dying Sea in Uzbekistan

We left off on my Central Asian adventure on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Following treks across an Afghan border region and one of the world’s highest mountain passes, we were headed for the historic city of Samarkand. Ahead on this journey through Uzbekistan lies a tour of classic Islamic architecture, a cemetery date…

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Trekking The Stans Part 1: The Mountain Corridor Straddling Tajikistan And Afghanistan

When many people think about The Stans, what comes to mind is what’s in the news. Afghanistan: perpetual war; conflict in Kurdistan, an unrecognized country. But this Silk Road-occupying region is also rich with history and beautiful sights to see. And it’s debatable whether the more Middle Eastern neighbors — Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kurdistan etc. —…

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