Hitch hiking Kyrgyzstan's back roads July 31st 2010 What had for the week I had stayed with herders in the mountains been only a small, distant stain on the vast green floor of the Suusamyr Basin gradually grew into the concrete and mud-brick Suusamyr village as the ride I had hitched bounced slowly towards it over a road that would have blown away in a strong wind.
"If you want," he told me as we crawled down the settlement's gravelly main ... read more
Asia » Kyrgyzstan A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, Kyrgyzstan was annexed by Russia in 1864; it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Nation-wide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the oust... ... read more
I run a small but successful company organising tours, film shoots and research trips to hard-to-reach parts of Siberia, the Arctic and the Russian Far East. In particular we specialise in trips to the nomadic Nenets reindeer herders of the Yamal Peninsula and to Yakutia , the coldest inhabited part of the world and a territory the size of India but with a population of only 900,000. I write whenever I get the chance, which is not so often any more. My writing on Siberia has been published in The Geograph... full info