Finished with the 'Stans (for now)

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September 28th 2010
Published: October 9th 2010
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Overall we spent 5 weeks in Central Asia in four different countries. Here are some of the highlights of each:

Gets the award for the most quirky country. The Ashgabat camel market is still one of our favorites!

Lots of French tourists, and interesting architecture from the days of the silk route. This country is a place to visit, if you like history.

Sadly we weren't here long enough, but we enjoyed the mountains and will remember the large herds of horses.

Place for lots of great hiking and moutain scenery, reminded us a lot of home. Goat polo was a highlight.

We've included a few random photos of our daily life in the 'stans.

Now we are starting a new part of our trip as we cross into China, where we plan to spend approximately 4 months if all goes well. We're really looking forward to the food and a new country.

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Buying breadBuying bread
Buying bread

At a market in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Furry hatFurry hat
Furry hat

Looking a bit like Joe Dirt...
Bottles of vodkaBottles of vodka
Bottles of vodka

Cheaper than water in Kyrgyzstan
Around the fireAround the fire
Around the fire

Bush camping in Kyrgyzstan
Bush campBush camp
Bush camp

At Chong-Kemin National Park, Kyrgyzstan

Near the river at Chong-Kemin National Park
Truck problemsTruck problems
Truck problems

Road in Kyrgyzstan
Beach resortBeach resort
Beach resort

On lake Issyk-Kol, Kyrgyzstan
Hats for saleHats for sale
Hats for sale

Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Wedding dressesWedding dresses
Wedding dresses

The majority of Uzbekistan's population is under the age of 30, so there are lots of weddings.
Close, but not quiteClose, but not quite
Close, but not quite

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Bush camp in Kyrgyzstan
Veggie slopVeggie slop
Veggie slop

Typical bush camp fare. We served it with mashed potatoes.
Homestay mealHomestay meal
Homestay meal

In Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
Dill soupDill soup
Dill soup

Dill seems to be the national herb. They use it with everything.

29th November 2010
Ready to go rafting

Awwwww cuuuute!!!!
13th December 2010

I plan to do a week in Kyrgyzstan. When is the good time for trekking?

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