Marieke's posts from May 2017

This Saturday I took a day trip to Astana, Kazakhstan's capital (Astana literally means capital in Kazakh). I found a cheap flight from Almaty and after 1.5…

From Temir-Kanat we drove to Karakol, and on the way we stopped at a place called Jeti-Oguz, which means "seven bulls" in Kyrgyz, because the rocks are said to…

After leaving Bishkek, I went on a tour through the nature around Lake Issyk Kul in the northeast of Kyrgyzstan. In a few days, we drove around the lake with…

This past week I have been on holiday in Kyrgyzstan. I took a public mars hrutka , or shared taxi, from Almaty to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. It took…

On my second and last day in Turpan (also called Tulufan) I went to the desert surrounding the city. I found a friendly driver named Anwar, who agreed to drive…

From Urumqi I took a bus (3 hours) to Turpan, a lively city in the desert which has earned the nickname Green Pearl City and which was an important stop on the…

A few weeks ago I made a short trip to China, to visit the autonomous region of Xinjiang in the northwest of the country. The ancient Silk Road passed through…
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