Train travel from Moscow to Urgench.

The train rolled through an arid featureless countryside. The monotonous views did not invite us to look out window. There was no need, no time for it anyway. The real buzz, the real action was inside the carriages. Train travel in Central Asia is not about looking at the views, it is about socializing withContinue reading “Train travel from Moscow to Urgench.”

Galtee Mountains: a place to explore.

The most popular hike in Ireland is climb up to the top of Carrantuohill. This is the highest peak in Ireland and this is the reason for its popularity. Let’s be honest, who is not attracted to an idea of climbing the highest peak? I am and The Reeks and Carrantuohill are my favourite placeContinue reading “Galtee Mountains: a place to explore.”

Photography tour in Kolkata. A different way to see India.

There are so many famous places in India! Taj Mahal in Agra, Golden Temple in Amristar, Amer Fort in Jaipur, endless temples in Hampi… but forget the big sights for a moment. What about going to far away destination and getting a glimpse of everyday life? Watching people going about their daily business. Busy streets,Continue reading “Photography tour in Kolkata. A different way to see India.”

India. How to do a DIY travel in a very large country.

India has it all: Splendid architecture, deserts and towering peaks of the Himalaya, holy men, sacred cows, wild tigers and elephants, women in colorful saris, food for every taste, tea plantations, yoga retreats, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and many other religions; Holi Festival and Pushkar Camel Fair; the country of the mighty Ganges, the holy cityContinue reading “India. How to do a DIY travel in a very large country.”

Uzbekistan: Week long trek in Nuratau Mountains.

Where would you go, if you wanted to trek in unspoiled terrain, sleep in local houses, eat homegrown fresh food and best of all have no internet for a week? Nuratau Mountains in Uzbekistan is your destination. Walking with our guide day after day and staying in local houses was a true immersion into localContinue reading “Uzbekistan: Week long trek in Nuratau Mountains.”

Black Valley. The Kerry Way.

West of Ireland is famous for its beauty and its nature. There is plenty to see and many mountains to climb, including the highest peak Carrauntoohil. This region is always popular with tourists and walkers. But just on the another side of the MacGillycuddy Reeks is Black Valley. Spectacularly beautiful, remote and rarely visited. Hidden gem. ThroughContinue reading “Black Valley. The Kerry Way.”

Uzbekistan: Khiva and Bukhara

Silk Road and Central Asia countries were on my radar since my early twenties. So, when I learned about Uzbekistan abolishing tourist visas, I knew this is the time! The places to visit were Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand. I was very keen to add some trekking too. It was less popular idea and I must sayContinue reading “Uzbekistan: Khiva and Bukhara”

Time for wild camping. But what to pack?

Wild camping. Synonym of freedom, independence, adventure. Low cost traveling. And synonym of caring heavy backpack….. But do we really have to carry so much? Here list of what we take, when going camping locally in Ireland tent, in our case, 2 people, 3 season one, 3kg weight sleeping bag, carried in waterproof compression bagContinue reading “Time for wild camping. But what to pack?”

Sweet tooth in Mexico. Quest to find churros.

For me huge part of experiencing a country is through its food. Be it in a fancy restaurant, funky cafe, simple local eatery, or from a street cart. In Mexico street food is the king. Food vendors are everywhere, the choice is plentiful, freshness unquestionable and the taste superb. Wherever we went, whatever we ate,Continue reading “Sweet tooth in Mexico. Quest to find churros.”

Mister! Where are you from? Iran: yes, or no?

At the beginning I was bit skeptical about writing on this topic. Why? Personally, I was never afraid to go to Iran. For years I only heard positive stories about this part of the world. Ancient culture, vibrant towns, and friendly people. The latter seemed to prevail in all the stories from independent travelers. ButContinue reading “Mister! Where are you from? Iran: yes, or no?”