Saturday, 26 March 2011

Kyrgyzstan and their taxis

Bishkek
I crossed yet another land border from Andijon, Uzbekistan, into Osh. I was glad to have a bit of time to explore the country after hurtling through eastern Uzbekistan to avoid overstaying my visa. But my initial experience was not a pleasurable one.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Uzbekistan: trains and diplomatic incidents

It was both cold and beautiful in Uzbekistan.
When entering Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan it's easy to think that one is leaving behind a highly paranoid, authoritarian country and entering a more relaxed one. The truth is that the Uzbek government is probably more distrusting: the internet is more open but everything is still monitored, and I had to register my location with the police every night during my stay.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Turkmenistan

Crazy horses. A common site in Turkmenistan.
It's not a country that evokes many images, mainly because not many people know very much about it. Indeed, it's one of the world's most isolated countries, ranked slightly more open and free than North Korea.