Chapter 11 – Almaty, Kazakhstan

Chapter 11 – Almaty, Kazakhstan

We almost give up on Astana (renamed to Nur-Sultan in March 2019). The capital of Kazakhstan, which we reach at night, does not impress us at all. The day brings the sight of grey, large-slab blocks of flats, dilapidated and dull post-Soviet buildings, collapsing pavements. And then we cross the bridge connecting north and south, […]

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Chapter 10 – Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

Chapter 10 – Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

From Mongolia, we drive directly onto the Chuysky Trakt. Were it not for the fact that smooth asphalt stretches under our wheels, and the landscape would not indicate that we have already entered Russia. The boundless azure sky stretches above us. The heavy cottonwool of snow-white clouds lies on the rocky mountain slopes with spots […]

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Chapter 9 – Ulgii, Mongolia

Chapter 9 – Ulgii, Mongolia

After all the action of digging out our unfortunate motorhome, we stopped in Mongolian paradise. Over a mountain stream not too wide, not too deep, with a flat and cushy shoreline of a meadow. Above the crystal sash of the stream rise the mountains – mighty, with peaks hidden under snow caps. In the morning, […]

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Chapter 8 – Khovd, Mongolia

Chapter 8 – Khovd, Mongolia

Almost a week has passed since we set our camp in Bayankhongor. Each day here brings new surprising events and most amazing people. But it is time to move on. On the eve of our departure, we try to get everything ready for the road: the most critical part – the route. With no proper […]

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Between the Worlds

Between the Worlds

A man, huddled on a low stool, rhythmically beats a large leather drum. A thick, richly decorated coat flows down his shoulders. The man’s head – hidden under a pointed hat with feathers – sways steadily to the beat. From under the veil of black tassels covering the face, comes an ever faster and louder […]

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Chapter 7 – Bayankhongor, Mongolia

Chapter 7 – Bayankhongor, Mongolia

After a rally crossing over the river in the Khujirt Valley, we finally drive onto a ribbon of asphalt. Initially, its condition is so bad that we dream about returning on off-road paths. In time, however, the situation improves. We can finally enjoy what extends beyond the window. The landscape begins to change significantly. Already […]

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