The Central Asian journey begins

The rattle of the anchor echoes through the hallway, and the rumble of engine comes to rest. I am resting in my unbearable hot bunk, and sweat travels from my neck to my back. Again I am overwhelmed with the excitement of a new country, new customs and new friends. The intercom blasts in Russia “Prepare to disembark the vessel, customs agents are coming aboard”. He we go again……………

Caspian Sea sunset

Caspian Sea sunset

I have finally made it across the Caspian! The journey took 60 hours on a smelly extremely hot cargo ship filled with Azerbaijani mechanics and Kazakhstani machinists. I am now in Kazakhstan and am preparing for my first night camping in the desert. Kazakhstan is so much different from Azerbaijan and now I officially feel like I am in Asia. The locals look Asia, or maybe its Mongolian either way I am just as interested in them as they are in me. I have to stop myself from trying to speak Chinese!

Drinking vodka with some Polish hitch hikers and some locals on the ship

Drinking vodka with some Polish hitch hikers and some locals on the ship

I should be in Uzbekistan by early next week and will fill in more details soon!

My last night in Baku, camping in a dormant mud volcano

My last night in Baku, camping in a dormant mud volcano

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Central Asian journey begins

  1. In case you are wondering Julian, we are still always waiting to hear ofyour adventures and following your progress. Enjoy the rewards of your great faith. Fear of the unknown stops most folks,,,,,a wonderful part of your dad you seem to have inherited……we all are discussing your part in our life’s,,,,always Bruce and shelley

  2. Julian – please be careful and street smart – I know you are. At this point I am consistently admiring your courage and desire to seek the unknown. Greg Hann

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s