I just finished a half-marathon in 2:00:57. I accomplished a challenge from which I wouldn’t expect I would. After a big refill of energy, a shower and my first cup of tea I sat down. “So what’s next?” I asked myself. The first thing that came up in my mind was the summer holidays. “Why am I not going to do a cycle trip?” was my seconds question to myself. This is something I had in my mind for a longer time already. “Yeah, why not. Let’s check how far Glasgow is from Deventer”. It seemed to be a proper distance of 1800 km from Deventer to Glasgow and back, while passing the sea by boat. Continue reading Cycle trip to Glasgow
At 2:00 am I arrived at a hostel in Samarkand, but the door was closed already. I walked to another one. The guy who opened the door advised me not to go to his place but to the next hostel. Continue reading The cultural and the official capital of Uzbekistan
After being in one of the most non-touristic country in the world it was time to visit the promising Uzbekistan. The first thing to do was to change money. I’m sure I broke a personal record with the amount of notes I received after changing 150 USD. The largest bill that is in use in Uzbekistan is 5.000 Som, which is a bit less than a single dollar. However, Continue reading The beautiful leftovers from the Silk road era
Passing the border to Turkmenistan took a while, but eventually I made it. For Turkmenistan I have a transit-visa which gives me 5 days to cross the country from Iran to Uzbekistan. After three weeks in Iran I had to get used to Turkmenistan. Things are different here, and it was quite noticeable. It was snowing, the Continue reading Transiting through mysterious Turkmenistan
The last week in Iran started. Together with Nil I went to Shiraz. My idea was to Couchsurf and I met my host on the bus station in Shiraz. Apparently I had to book a tour in combination with Couchsurf at his place, this is not how it worked so I refused the offer and went to a hostel together with Nil. Unfortunately, because I declined a lot of other people’s offer and was really looking forward to Couchsurf. The hostel we went to was good and a lot of other backpacker where here as well.
Continue reading Unexpected moments during last week in Iran
As soon as I, Guus and the Spanish guy Nil arrived in Isfahan I went into town directly to send a postcard. Unfortunately, the post office was closed already. Not so much later I met Rob-Jan again by accident. We went to the amazing Jameh mosque, which is the biggest mosque in Iran. Continue reading Mosques, mountains and more in Isfahan
After visiting the capital of Iran we headed to a smaller town named Kashan. We moved on to a hostel in Kashan. This hostel looked like a typical Persian building, with walls from mud and straw and a big courtyard in the center of the building. It was a good start for our stay in Kashan.
Continue reading Various sights in Kashan
Sunday the 11th of October we crossed the border of Iran in Astara. The custom officials noticed we were tourists and let us pass the long queue. “Where are you from?” was the main question at the bordercrossing. After answering where we came from they responded with “Cruyff”, “van Basten” or “Robben”, depending on the age Continue reading Meeting the hospitalty of Iran
While I was doing research before we left home, I was really excited for Baku. It looked a bit like Dubai with weird things and big contrasts. I was not sure what to expect from this giant city. When we arrived we made immediatly new friends with the brother from Rob-Jan Daniel, Ehab from Irak and Continue reading Unforgettable moments with our new friends in Baku
On the 3th of Ocotober we crossed the border of Azerbaijan by foot. We did this together with Rob-Jan, who we met a few days ago. Rob-Jan was heading for Baku to meet his brother. As soon as we passed the border we took a taxi to Zaqatala. Here we wanted to continue by Marshrutka, but first we went into town to see some of the Azerbaijani culture. Continue reading Ghost fortress in Sheki and stuck in Lahic