I began my week in the United Arab Emirates in the northernmost emirate. Maisie and I visited a crazy fish market and rode the world´s longest zipline. Click here to read about my trip to Ras Al Khaimah.
My final stop in Uzbekistan and Central Asia was Tashkent, the capital. The city has strong Soviet roots but the government is trying to forge a new path. I also ate some amazing food. Click here to read about my two days in Tashkent.
At long last, I reached Samarkand, the heart of the Silk Road and ancient capital of Timur´s great empire. Click here to read about my two days in this legendary city.
After an adventure in the desert, I visited the ancient, legendary city of Bukhara. Bukhara is home to some of the most spectacular Silk Road monuments, lots of madrassas and a 2,500-year old Jewish community. Click here to read about this unique city.
In between Khiva and Bukhara, I visited some ruined castles in the semi-autonomous region of Karakalpakstan. Click here to read about my day in this strange and remote land.
I celebrated my 30th birthday in the pristine ancient city of Khiva, Uzbekistan. Click here to read about my magical day in this beautiful city.
At long last, we reached the highlight of the trip: the Pamir Mountains. Our car broke down at a 4655 meter pass, but we managed to find help from nomads and make it to the end and back. Click here to read about this most epic part of my time in Tajikistan.
I crashed another wedding in the highest and coldest town in Tajikistan. Click here to hear about my amazing unexpected time partying with an entire town.
I spend the day driving through the legendary ancient trade route along a remote stretch of the border with Afghanistan. Click here to read about the amazing Wakhan.
I hiked to a remote village that is not accessible by car and then visited the largest city in eastern Tajikistan. Click here to read Part 2 of my Pamir Highway adventure.