Category Archives: diary entry

Mother Nature and her disapproval of my Sim

Immediately I remembered that if there was an earthquake you should get under a doorway or a table, don’t ask me why, I just know I’ve seen that somewhere. So I got up and made my way to the bedroom door. I opened

Mother Nature and her disapproval of my Sim

Immediately I remembered that if there was an earthquake you should get under a doorway or a table, don’t ask me why, I just know I’ve seen that somewhere. So I got up and made my way to the bedroom door. I opened

A random act of kindness

Another example of the kind people Arjun meets along his journey

A random act of kindness

Another example of the kind people Arjun meets along his journey

An evening amongst saints and sinners (Phone-Gate) …Continued

They had now been questioning the boy for hours, they had attracted a crowd from the usual people that came in the mornings, the sun was nearly up and since the kid had been brought back against his will in the early

An evening amongst saints and sinners (Phone-Gate) …Continued

They had now been questioning the boy for hours, they had attracted a crowd from the usual people that came in the mornings, the sun was nearly up and since the kid had been brought back against his will in the early

An evening amongst saints and sinners (Phone-Gate)

The night Arjun had his phone stolen in the middle of the night

An evening amongst saints and sinners (Phone-Gate)

The night Arjun had his phone stolen in the middle of the night

Going deaf… just in one ear

Read how Arjun started going deaf in one ear, during his time in India.

Going deaf… just in one ear

Read how Arjun started going deaf in one ear, during his time in India.

Crawl to the throne

Read about Arjun’s injury mid India. The start of a testing few weeks.

Crawl to the throne

Read about Arjun’s injury mid India. The start of a testing few weeks.

The end of Billy’s adventure

Billy’s walk with Arjun comes to an end in Bareilly

The end of Billy’s adventure

Billy’s walk with Arjun comes to an end in Bareilly

The mischievous Cardiffian

Read about Billy joining Arjun on Borderwalk for a few weeks

The mischievous Cardiffian

Read about Billy joining Arjun on Borderwalk for a few weeks

Delhi Bound

The journey from the border to Delhi

Delhi Bound

The journey from the border to Delhi

Pakistan / Wagah border

During this car wash, which I was personally expecting to go wrong, as everything else had so far, there was only one moment where I thought the gig was up and they had worked out that that I was not

Pakistan / Wagah border

During this car wash, which I was personally expecting to go wrong, as everything else had so far, there was only one moment where I thought the gig was up and they had worked out that that I was not

Afghanistan / Pakistan border

Whilst in Kabul I went for a walk around the markets, my parents had been adamant that I stay away from the crowded markets places, but I accidentally found myself amongst one when I was walking around the centre one

Afghanistan / Pakistan border

Whilst in Kabul I went for a walk around the markets, my parents had been adamant that I stay away from the crowded markets places, but I accidentally found myself amongst one when I was walking around the centre one

Exploring Kabul

By the second day in Kabul I had an opportunity to view Afghanistan and it’s two polar opposites. On the first day I was shown the nurturing, forward moving Afghanistan with the Mahboba’s Promise Organisation, and their maternity healthcare project

Exploring Kabul

By the second day in Kabul I had an opportunity to view Afghanistan and it’s two polar opposites. On the first day I was shown the nurturing, forward moving Afghanistan with the Mahboba’s Promise Organisation, and their maternity healthcare project

Kabul

The drive took about 5 hours, weaving in and out through the mountains and through small road side towns. We stopped for snacks and lunch once and finally made it to the outskirts of Kabul. Once there I called a

Kabul

The drive took about 5 hours, weaving in and out through the mountains and through small road side towns. We stopped for snacks and lunch once and finally made it to the outskirts of Kabul. Once there I called a

The day I thought I got Taken in Afghanistan

The next morning I woke and called the commanders son who could speak English, he agreed to meet me and help me arrange transport back to before Baghlan. I met with him outside the hotel and he seemed to know

The day I thought I got Taken in Afghanistan

The next morning I woke and called the commanders son who could speak English, he agreed to meet me and help me arrange transport back to before Baghlan. I met with him outside the hotel and he seemed to know

Poppies, checkpoints and the secret service

After leaving the vicinity of Kunduz I started to settle back into a rhythm, although I found I was going to be stopped at literally every checkpoint ever created on my route, which I just had to get used to.

Poppies, checkpoints and the secret service

After leaving the vicinity of Kunduz I started to settle back into a rhythm, although I found I was going to be stopped at literally every checkpoint ever created on my route, which I just had to get used to.

Kunduz

I got to the very outskirts of Kunduz and whilst I walked down the street filled with houses, there outside of one sat a man, eating and drinking tea, with little children running around him serving him with tea and bringing jams

Kunduz

I got to the very outskirts of Kunduz and whilst I walked down the street filled with houses, there outside of one sat a man, eating and drinking tea, with little children running around him serving him with tea and bringing jams

Towards Kunduz

My journey towards Kunduz was full of scenic delight, I saw for miles over the plaines where there was nothing for as far as the eye could see, but shepard huts and cattle gazing. It was lovely but certainly not

Towards Kunduz

My journey towards Kunduz was full of scenic delight, I saw for miles over the plaines where there was nothing for as far as the eye could see, but shepard huts and cattle gazing. It was lovely but certainly not

…Afghanistan

In the afternoon I managed to crossed the border after a bit of a wait and being asked to slip the guard behind the desk a cheeky 20 soms, as I crossed over there was definitely a moment in which

…Afghanistan

In the afternoon I managed to crossed the border after a bit of a wait and being asked to slip the guard behind the desk a cheeky 20 soms, as I crossed over there was definitely a moment in which

Dushanbe

I eventually found myself coming out of the mountains and saw before me the beginnings of Dushanbe, to my relief. As I made my way through the beginnings of the city I definitely stood apart from the locals, with my

Dushanbe

I eventually found myself coming out of the mountains and saw before me the beginnings of Dushanbe, to my relief. As I made my way through the beginnings of the city I definitely stood apart from the locals, with my

anzob tunnel

A while into the mountains, I came across a tunnel that I was told would be a struggle to walk through. It was a 5km long Iranian tunnel named Anzob. I found out the hard way, why when I looked

anzob tunnel

A while into the mountains, I came across a tunnel that I was told would be a struggle to walk through. It was a 5km long Iranian tunnel named Anzob. I found out the hard way, why when I looked

The Road to Dushanbe

My walk through Tajikistan was pretty much eclipsed by the thought of Afghanistan being so close. The phone and internet I was given in Isfara became just a tool for me to find out more about Afghanistan whilst on the

The Road to Dushanbe

My walk through Tajikistan was pretty much eclipsed by the thought of Afghanistan being so close. The phone and internet I was given in Isfara became just a tool for me to find out more about Afghanistan whilst on the

Reaching the Tajik border

Throughout my time in Kyrgyzstan, I was told that the border to Tajikistan was going to be dangerous, and I had heard about the border guards and their disagreement of a road being built there which had heightened tensions. Eventually

Reaching the Tajik border

Throughout my time in Kyrgyzstan, I was told that the border to Tajikistan was going to be dangerous, and I had heard about the border guards and their disagreement of a road being built there which had heightened tensions. Eventually

Coming to the end of Kyrgyzstan

A few days later I made it to a town nestled comfortably between two mountain ranges and I set up my camp a bit early just after the town ended, as it looked like the road was deciding to change

Coming to the end of Kyrgyzstan

A few days later I made it to a town nestled comfortably between two mountain ranges and I set up my camp a bit early just after the town ended, as it looked like the road was deciding to change

Mountain pass after mountain pass

In the morning I had to stitch up my bag as the weight from all my things were beginning to take its toll on the straps and continued walking after breakfast. I walked all the way up until the sunset

Mountain pass after mountain pass

In the morning I had to stitch up my bag as the weight from all my things were beginning to take its toll on the straps and continued walking after breakfast. I walked all the way up until the sunset

Journey through the mountains

Not only was the uphill walking a struggle but also trying to find camping was a struggle because the ground that looked the most suitable to camp on didn’t look safe, there had been large amounts of earth moved all

Journey through the mountains

Not only was the uphill walking a struggle but also trying to find camping was a struggle because the ground that looked the most suitable to camp on didn’t look safe, there had been large amounts of earth moved all

Leaving Bishkek

So it turned out that the Afghan embassy in Bishkek was really relaxed about handing out visas, not even requiring a letter of invitation. I rolled up to this large mansion of a house around 10am and asked for a

Leaving Bishkek

So it turned out that the Afghan embassy in Bishkek was really relaxed about handing out visas, not even requiring a letter of invitation. I rolled up to this large mansion of a house around 10am and asked for a

Weighing up my options

We were dragged out of jail at around 2.30am and taken to the hostel where they had copies of our passports on file. As we entered we both eyed up the water dispenser next to the reception unable to stop

Weighing up my options

We were dragged out of jail at around 2.30am and taken to the hostel where they had copies of our passports on file. As we entered we both eyed up the water dispenser next to the reception unable to stop

Still banged up abroad

Our time in jail, contrary to popular belief was for the most part… Not pleasant by a long stretch, but mostly hassle free. There were no fights but some people came and others went, and naturally some people got on

Still banged up abroad

Our time in jail, contrary to popular belief was for the most part… Not pleasant by a long stretch, but mostly hassle free. There were no fights but some people came and others went, and naturally some people got on

Banged up abroad

Arjun here, sorry about the lack of blogs recently but I have had a few of the strangest and most eventful months, probably of my life. I struggle to even know where to begin really, but I know I’ll have

Banged up abroad

Arjun here, sorry about the lack of blogs recently but I have had a few of the strangest and most eventful months, probably of my life. I struggle to even know where to begin really, but I know I’ll have

11/13.09.2013 To Sanjar and Sergeys to pick up DJ and Sarah

Ready and packed to go, we spent the morning finishing what food we had left and saying our goodbyes to the internet. At around 3pm we caught a bus down to where the main coaches left for Shymkent and were

11/13.09.2013 To Sanjar and Sergeys to pick up DJ and Sarah

Ready and packed to go, we spent the morning finishing what food we had left and saying our goodbyes to the internet. At around 3pm we caught a bus down to where the main coaches left for Shymkent and were

30.08.2013 / 10.09.2013 Al-mat-ay

Staying at the Backpackers hostel, a few of our friends and family came out with some fresh supplies and to enjoy some good times in the old capital of Kazakhstan. During our stay we met a few cyclists doing various

30.08.2013 / 10.09.2013 Al-mat-ay

Staying at the Backpackers hostel, a few of our friends and family came out with some fresh supplies and to enjoy some good times in the old capital of Kazakhstan. During our stay we met a few cyclists doing various

14/30.08.2013 The Chinese embassy

The entire process is a nightmare, as perfect a definition of omnishambles as is possible. As such, in order to make it comprehensible, here was our experience in bullet point fashion: – We found the Chinese embassy on the thursday

14/30.08.2013 The Chinese embassy

The entire process is a nightmare, as perfect a definition of omnishambles as is possible. As such, in order to make it comprehensible, here was our experience in bullet point fashion: – We found the Chinese embassy on the thursday

12/14.08.2013 Shymkent and Almaty

It was a long walk into Shymkent, and it was very hot. Checking for wifi in every nice looking restaurant and hotel on the way in we were staggered not to find any, and then even more surprised when whilst

12/14.08.2013 Shymkent and Almaty

It was a long walk into Shymkent, and it was very hot. Checking for wifi in every nice looking restaurant and hotel on the way in we were staggered not to find any, and then even more surprised when whilst

06/11.08.2013 The suffering reaches its peak

We were hungover. Mohammed gave us a lift back to the cafe and wished us luck, and we sat and stewed there for a while. Thankfully there was a bit of cloud cover, but it all dispersed when we got

06/11.08.2013 The suffering reaches its peak

We were hungover. Mohammed gave us a lift back to the cafe and wished us luck, and we sat and stewed there for a while. Thankfully there was a bit of cloud cover, but it all dispersed when we got

01/05.08.2013 Getting cultural

For the first time in memory, there was a cool breeze, and though the sun was still beyond anything either of us had ever experienced outside of Kazakhstan, it gave us chance to do 15km by 1pm, a stark improvement

01/05.08.2013 Getting cultural

For the first time in memory, there was a cool breeze, and though the sun was still beyond anything either of us had ever experienced outside of Kazakhstan, it gave us chance to do 15km by 1pm, a stark improvement

29/31.07.2013 Signs of stress

The roadsides were getting greener and greener, and in the distance away north we could see what looked like a small mountain range, which continued throughout the days. We came across a rather expensive looking hotel with separate cafe where

29/31.07.2013 Signs of stress

The roadsides were getting greener and greener, and in the distance away north we could see what looked like a small mountain range, which continued throughout the days. We came across a rather expensive looking hotel with separate cafe where

21/28.07.2013 It’s nice down south

We were awake early, and surprisingly not hungover. We said goodbye and thanked Azat and Bacha for all their hospitality, and then returned to the wifi restaurant where we were given a free traditional Kazakh meal from the staff. It was

21/28.07.2013 It’s nice down south

We were awake early, and surprisingly not hungover. We said goodbye and thanked Azat and Bacha for all their hospitality, and then returned to the wifi restaurant where we were given a free traditional Kazakh meal from the staff. It was

18/20.07.2013 Fishing

We woke up to a cow tripping over one of our guidelines. Inexplicably we made good distance in the heat, covering 20km by the afternoon, with a few people stopping for photos and to chat, including one car with two

18/20.07.2013 Fishing

We woke up to a cow tripping over one of our guidelines. Inexplicably we made good distance in the heat, covering 20km by the afternoon, with a few people stopping for photos and to chat, including one car with two

15/17.07.2013 The passage of the marshes

The road became very bad, consisting of unfinished road laying, muddy tracks, half built bridges over the numerous streams, and constant diversions around marshes and pools, all of which were home to dense clouds of mosquitoes, who although hid during

15/17.07.2013 The passage of the marshes

The road became very bad, consisting of unfinished road laying, muddy tracks, half built bridges over the numerous streams, and constant diversions around marshes and pools, all of which were home to dense clouds of mosquitoes, who although hid during

08/14.07.2013 Change in the landscape

On the road we had a minibus pull up and initially seem quite friendly, until they started asking for gifts. Seeing Arjuns knife they got quite persistent about having it, and after multiple rejections actually got quite angry and got

08/14.07.2013 Change in the landscape

On the road we had a minibus pull up and initially seem quite friendly, until they started asking for gifts. Seeing Arjuns knife they got quite persistent about having it, and after multiple rejections actually got quite angry and got