Discovering Iran: An 18-Day Round-Up

On January 12th, Steve and I embarked on a journey through the magnificent country of Iran. For 18 days, we travelled around the country, exploring new places every day and getting to know and understand the unique Iranian culture. We travelled for 5.700 km, explored 7 cities, visited many tiny villages, ticked off 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discovered some of the most amazing…

Going to Iran: Planning and Preparing

Iran is a country that has fascinated me for a long time. Especially after visiting Afghanistan in May 2016 and falling completely for the unrevealed culture and untouched nature of the northernmost part of the country, I just knew that I had to explore more countries in that region. Now the time has come for the 18th largest country in the world, Iran. Iran has…

An Evening of Festivities in Khujand

Our last destination on our travels through Tajikistan was Khujand, an ancient Silk Road city, which dates back about 2,500 years. Just like Osh in Kyrgyzstan, Khujand is one of the most important cities in the culturally diverse Ferghana Valley. It’s also the second largest city in Tajikistan and, in my opinion, the most interesting one. We had a full day of travelling from Dushanbe…

A 2-Day Horse Trek to Song Kul Lake

After four amazing days of checking out the diverse nature around the Issyk Kul Lake, Steve and I decided to travel onwards to another lake, Song Kul Lake, which would take us a few days to reach. We arrived in Kochkor, the starting point of tours to Song Kul, in the afternoon after a 6-hour drive from Karakol via Balykchy and went straight to the…

By the Shore of Issyk Kul: The Skazka Canyon

On our third day in Karakol, we were surprised to wake up to good weather after a rainy day the day before, and so decided to explore nearby Skazka Canyon, which we were told is best explored when it’s dry, as it otherwise gets very muddy. Skazka Canyon lies on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake and is an unusual place with stunning rocky…

Jeti Oguz: Finding the Waterfall in the Rain

On our first full day in Karakol, we decided to go on a day trip to the Jeti Oguz gorge, which is located 28 kilometres from Karakol. I was excited to finally get out into the Kyrgyz nature that we had heard so much about. Kyrgyzstan is said to be the most beautiful of the Stan’s because of its natural beauty, and after exploring the…

Karakol: By the Eastern Tip of Issyk Kul Lake

After spending a few days in the Kyrgyz capital, it was time to take on a new city. Karakol is a city with 75.000 inhabitants, located near the Issyk Kul Lake in the easternmost corner of Kyrgyzstan. Karakol is a top destination for travellers in Kyrgyzstan due to the amazing and diverse nature found in the area, and because of this, we decided to spend…

Bishkek: The Dynamic Capital of Kyrgyzstan

After 16 wonderful days in Mongolia, it was time to leave and head to my next exciting destination: Kyrgyzstan! Whenever I had told people where I was heading next, I had been met with curiosity. Because Kyrgyzstan definitely isn’t a standard backpacker destination. I have, however, always been interested in the Central Asian countries (or “the Stan’s”, if you will), and thus chose Kyrgyzstan as…