Saturday Scenes: Cemetery in Nokhur, Turkmenistan

Nokhur, Turkmenistan

I spent 2 days in Nokhur, a small village in the Kopet Dag Mountains, which form the border between Turkmenistan and Iran. The people of Nokhur claim to be descended from Alexander the Great and […]

The Pros & Cons of Booking a Private Tour in Turkmenistan

Merv, Turkmenistan

Over the last month, I’ve read quite a few lists of the so-called best places to visit in 2013. These lists come out every year and every year there seem to be a couple destinations […]

Reviewing 2012: Did That All Really Happen?

Warsaw, Poland

Thinking about the past year leaves me with very mixed emotions. After being back in the United States for over three months now, it sometimes feels like the nine months before that didn’t even happen. […]

How I Blew My Budget in Central Asia

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Central Asia was supposed to be cheap. I was supposed to stay in yurts and with local families and eat cheap street food. The money I saved in […]

7 Things I Love About the ‘Stans

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

By the time I boarded my flight out of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on September 16, I was ready to say goodbye to Central Asia. My three months in the region left me physically and mentally exhausted […]

Saturday Scenes: Camels, Camels, Camels

Dekhistan, Turkmenistan

In Turkey, I found cats on every corner and under every table or chair. In Georgia, I seemed to run into cows everywhere I went. And when I got to Central Asia – especially Turkmenistan […]

The Most Touristy Place in Turkmenistan

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan isn’t exactly what you would call touristy. Okay, that might the understatement of the century. Turkmenistan is not touristy at all. I went nine days without seeing another tourist anywhere – at least not […]

The Yangykala Canyon: As Far Off the Beaten Path as it Gets

Yangykala Canyon, Turkmenistan

I lay on my back, gazing up at a sky full of stars, watching the full moon rising in the distance. A light breeze swirled around me, occasionally breaking the silence as it rustled the […]