Around Almaty – the excursions

In the morning we drove in Zhanar's 4x4 up to Big Almaty Lake. I'm not sure there's anything scarier than a nervous driver so the ride over the pass was quite nerve-wracking but we made it! We arrived at the lake in a light snow shower and everything was pure white, even the lake which... Continue Reading →

Christmas in Kazakhstan

I'm so excited to be in Kazakhstan! I arrived late last night, was met at the airport by Zhanar, my guide, and she drove me to the guesthouse and I went straight to bed as it was around midnight by the time I was settled in. Zhanar was shocked by my attire as I emerged... Continue Reading →

Chilling in Baku

The night train to Baku was great.It started off quite strangely when a woman wanted us to change cabins but we didn't understand she just wanted me in the cabin with her and her sons. I wasn't having any of it because I didn't know whether we would arrive suddenly in Baku with no idea... Continue Reading →

A couple of days in Kazbegi

This "townlet" is a great place to chill for a few days. The mountain air is lovely and refreshing although it is seriously cold compared to everywhere else I've been in this region at this time of year! George, who I met in the car on my way here was a great guy to know... Continue Reading →

The road to Kazbegi

I arrived into Tbilisi a little late but I thought I would chance getting a marshrutka to Kazbegi. I had forgotten that I needed a metro card and so I only had enough for the fare but a kind Russian couple loaded my fare onto their card and I was away. I had found out... Continue Reading →

Minibus from Yerevan to Tbilisi

Today I am leaving Armenia to head back to Tbilisi. I have decided to take a minibus rather than wait until 3:30pm for the train, plus I've heard that it's quite a different experience and I wanted to try both. On the taxi ride to the Kilikia bus station I can see that Ararat is... Continue Reading →

Pagan and World Heritage Armenia

Today is probably our final day trip in Armenia. We are taking a marshrutka (minibus taxi) to visit Geghard Monastery and Garni Pagan Temple. The ride lasts about an hour and costs 250 dram (£0.40) and you find the marshrutka stop next to the Mercedes Benz garage in the Nor Nork part of town, northeast... Continue Reading →

The Long Way Round Armenia

My hitchhiker's guide to this beautiful country filled with so many friendly people. This is one of my favourite trips to reminisce about already.Seb and I hitchhiked our way around Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh for around a week. It was awesome! We spent time with so many lovely people and had some really different experiences.Through the... Continue Reading →

Ancient Western Armenia

On our first day trip, we hoped to get a feel of the old Armenia, with its churches and monasteries, whilst also finding some of the newer sights. I used Yandex to take a taxi from the hostel to the "central" bus station, which is a few kilometres south of the centre, and only paid... Continue Reading →

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