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.”

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.”

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.”