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

01/07.07.2013 Road to a mushroom

The wind died down just as the sun came up, leaving us sweating and covered in fine sand, a nightmare to deal with. It started up again late in the evening however forcing us to continue until we found any

01/07.07.2013 Road to a mushroom

The wind died down just as the sun came up, leaving us sweating and covered in fine sand, a nightmare to deal with. It started up again late in the evening however forcing us to continue until we found any

27/30.06.2013 Drunk enough to dance

Walking into Aral’sk it was quite a bit bigger than expected, and so we talked to an older gent who was happy to show us to an ATM, and then offered to take us to a hotel as well. Excited

27/30.06.2013 Drunk enough to dance

Walking into Aral’sk it was quite a bit bigger than expected, and so we talked to an older gent who was happy to show us to an ATM, and then offered to take us to a hotel as well. Excited

21/26.06.2013 The noticeable absence of clouds

Summer Solstice, and we were desperate for shorter, cooler days to begin. Early on the road we saw at great distance (typical on the steppe), a small figure of a cyclist cruising towards us. Stopping to chat, it was a Japanese

21/26.06.2013 The noticeable absence of clouds

Summer Solstice, and we were desperate for shorter, cooler days to begin. Early on the road we saw at great distance (typical on the steppe), a small figure of a cyclist cruising towards us. Stopping to chat, it was a Japanese

16/20.06.2013 South again at the cross roads

Getting on the road a car stopped with a young kid driving and an extremely drunk man in the passenger seat. Adamant we would die without getting a lift, the drunk guy chatted for a long time, calling himself a

16/20.06.2013 South again at the cross roads

Getting on the road a car stopped with a young kid driving and an extremely drunk man in the passenger seat. Adamant we would die without getting a lift, the drunk guy chatted for a long time, calling himself a

12/15.06.2013 The yellow beast

Packing up in Shalkar to head on the detour road, the morning didn’t bring any good news, with goat herders hanging around watching us pack up camp, a cloudless sky and blistering temperatures, a garage that overcharged us for water,

12/15.06.2013 The yellow beast

Packing up in Shalkar to head on the detour road, the morning didn’t bring any good news, with goat herders hanging around watching us pack up camp, a cloudless sky and blistering temperatures, a garage that overcharged us for water,

08/11.06.2013 Things falling apart

For the morning it continued to be grey and overcast, but by midday the sun had blasted all weather out of the sky and we were subjected to the full desert sun. We fortunately came across a village, where as

08/11.06.2013 Things falling apart

For the morning it continued to be grey and overcast, but by midday the sun had blasted all weather out of the sky and we were subjected to the full desert sun. We fortunately came across a village, where as

01/07.06.2013 Where did they come from?

We made it to Emba, which was quite a big and very industrial town with a long winding road leading into it around factories and train tracks. Walking in trying to find some sort of shop it was clear that

01/07.06.2013 Where did they come from?

We made it to Emba, which was quite a big and very industrial town with a long winding road leading into it around factories and train tracks. Walking in trying to find some sort of shop it was clear that

24/31.05.2013 Southward bound

Kazakhstan had become a pattern of walking into nothing, with nothing happening, and then arriving at a town or village, and it usually being very horrible (though there were some nice people). The next village we came across was good.

24/31.05.2013 Southward bound

Kazakhstan had become a pattern of walking into nothing, with nothing happening, and then arriving at a town or village, and it usually being very horrible (though there were some nice people). The next village we came across was good.

16/23.05.2013 A game of chance

We started off the day making it to a towns cafe where we stopped for five hours, the waitress even charged us a couple of hundred tenge (about one pound) each for electricity usage. The thermometer inside read 28C, and

16/23.05.2013 A game of chance

We started off the day making it to a towns cafe where we stopped for five hours, the waitress even charged us a couple of hundred tenge (about one pound) each for electricity usage. The thermometer inside read 28C, and

08/15.05.2013 Fists, thieves and rocks

As if the heat wasn’t causing enough problems, the wind had started to pick up again as well, creating sand storms periodically as we walked, occasional tornadoes, and a sandpit inside our tent every night. We saw wild horses, a

08/15.05.2013 Fists, thieves and rocks

As if the heat wasn’t causing enough problems, the wind had started to pick up again as well, creating sand storms periodically as we walked, occasional tornadoes, and a sandpit inside our tent every night. We saw wild horses, a

01/07.05.2013 The suffering begins

During our walks we were occasionally given water from passing traffic, chatted to some police, were informed by hired security of a gas pipe being laid next to the road from Russia to China (which we weren’t allowed to camp

01/07.05.2013 The suffering begins

During our walks we were occasionally given water from passing traffic, chatted to some police, were informed by hired security of a gas pipe being laid next to the road from Russia to China (which we weren’t allowed to camp

24/30.04.2013 The last gusts of winter

Welcome back to the blog! If you didn’t catch the last update, we’ve scheduled weekly posts scheduled for friday mornings. They won’t be up to date (these posts will span our summer in Kazakhstan whilst we walk through winter over

24/30.04.2013 The last gusts of winter

Welcome back to the blog! If you didn’t catch the last update, we’ve scheduled weekly posts scheduled for friday mornings. They won’t be up to date (these posts will span our summer in Kazakhstan whilst we walk through winter over

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Final update before the scheduled

  Almaty has been fun! Nasib, Jas and Lotty came out, and we had a couple of nights on the town, saw some mountains, did a little archery, had some nice meals and met plenty of good people in the

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Final update before the scheduled

  Almaty has been fun! Nasib, Jas and Lotty came out, and we had a couple of nights on the town, saw some mountains, did a little archery, had some nice meals and met plenty of good people in the

Walked Kazakhstan

We made it to Almaty! Short video explaining a few things. So after watching that (or not… please do, it has mountains in it), here’s a quick written summary. – The last four months has been a desert, there’s been

Walked Kazakhstan

We made it to Almaty! Short video explaining a few things. So after watching that (or not… please do, it has mountains in it), here’s a quick written summary. – The last four months has been a desert, there’s been