Location: Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
Borders: Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.
Area: 2,724,900 km2.
Currency: Tenge KZT.
Independence from Soviet Union: year 1991.
Central Asia Rally Have you ever heard about a banger rally? Those crazy car rallies that cross a few countries while driving old or funny decorated vehicles? Well, I’m going to give you my personal insight about one of those unique road trips – the Central Asia Rally. Back in 2012 I participated in such a motoring event as this one. “Road trip adventure from Europe to the heart of the Silk Route.” After participating on the Caucasian Challenge Rally (crossing the Caucasus region at the border of Europe and Asia between the Black and the Caspian seas) a few years before, I ended up participating in another event of the same kind. I invited my friend João Paulo Peixoto to be my travel partner. He has been to all the countries in the world so, for him, the thrill was the experience and not really visiting these countries again. Personally…
Kazakhstan Nomads Nomads of Kazakhstan Central Asia is famous for its prevailing nomad lifestyle. Meeting nomads around the world is always an excellent cultural experience as you interact with people having a completely different way of life. • nomad a. A member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food;b. A person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer. Back in 2004, during my first visit to Kazakhstan, I stayed with some Kazakh nomads on the mountains along the Ile-Alatau Mountain Range. This was one of the best experiences during my journey. Well, actually, I have a curious story to tell you… I didn’t prepare or organize my trip to Kazakhstan. Can you believe that? In fact, I really didn’t think much about it before I actually got myself on the airplane. Why? Well, Kazakhstan was not in my travel plans –…