Vodka in the north; fasting, praying and teetotalism in the south August 18th 2010 "Stop, get down!" shouted one of the group of kids who were leading me through the village of Sary Moghul. I did as told and suddenly we were all kneeling in the dirt next to a small stream that flowed down the street between the mud houses. A second later I realised what was happening: next to the low, whitewashed mosque twenty paces to our left a man in Islamic dress began to belt out the call t ... 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 fixer / interpreter service organising trips to hard-to-reach parts of Siberia, the Arctic and the Russian Far East, in particular the Yamal Peninsula and the Polar Urals . I write whenever I get the chance, which is not so often any more. My writing on Siberia has been published in The Geographical, The Calvert Journal and Travel Addict. I am also a permanent paid contributor to the Globespots online travel guide.
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