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Madrid to Bangkok via Samarkand

To Victor Hugo Velarde auks, curiosity had a name: Samarkand. And he's a funny guy, so soon as he could he went to Samarkand.

This happened a few months ago, when she was promised increase in the work-a company that mattered-exported material for maintaining the cold chain failed and after thinking and requetepensarlo decided to resign. Savings will reach for a four months of this journey has not ended yet.

Not a new traveler. At 30 years old, and made the path and the Trans-Siberian, Russian trains crossing. He had been in Egypt, Athens and also in some European capitals with the school. Besides touring Peru, where he was born and some of Spain, where he has lived 14 years.

But we were in Samarkand. That name led him to Marco Polo, the Silk Road, to travel. And he took a passage to Uzbekistan, where today is Samarkand. The return would be almost five months later.

That day has not yet come, it will be soon, in February. So answer these questions Victor Free Travel from Cambodia parlor where he is now. "Do not know what can be done here temperature (30 degrees?) But I'm drenched in sweat and mosquito repellent, and all you've done is to answer your questions! "says to depart a cello concerto (on shower in the hotel).

How do you come up with this trip?
The trip started thinking during the previous trip, when I was in a town called Inner Mongolia Hohhot , where I found many Chinese Muslims. Mistakenly thought they were Uighurs and started reading about them and their place in the west of China. Then I read that the cities of their territory were linked to Samarkand by the Silk Road. At that time there was no going back.

What did you find in Uzbekistan?
Uzbekistan had read only what I found on the internet about the travels of Marco Polo in the region and also about its Soviet past. But above all was a word that I was not the head, Samarkand and the difficulty of travel in antiquity.
In Uzbekistan I found what I was looking for: mosques, bazaars, crumbling madrasas, people looked at me astonished to wear their hair curly and people who wanted to talk ... in Russian. With my dictionary trying to answer them.

Is there a path to follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo or still not very tourist operations? I ran into a few organized groups. I found several times the bus had the museum, bus to the restaurant, the bus to the hotel and then to the souvenir shop. But there is no route as such not think it exists. From my point of view there are places for the elderly ce. Also, the sound "stan" after the name of some countries makes many people think of Afghanistan and immediately think that countries are at war.

Are you traveling alone? How to travel alone?
I started the trip alone, but in Tibet I spent a week traveling with four Dutch in 4 × 4 and in the center of China was with two Australians and Vietnam with an English couple. But I like to travel alone. When I'm much time with other people, my personailidad diluted in the group and I do not like. When you have to decide something in group sometimes you do things you do not want to not look bad to others or to please them.


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2007-02-20 01:34:44 by nameword

Their basic travel cheap book used to recommend a few courrier companies and they were definitely legit (I knew people who did the courrier thing on a regular basis), but that was some time ago. It always involved thinking a long way ahead or being able to travel at the drop of a hat for a period of time specified by the courrier agency, not you, courriering each way, so you couldn't accumulate ...weeek later, NYC to/from Bangkok. The bargains were to be had in the last minute trips. One example of a person who did this was a freelance Israeli textile designer living in NYC, able to do what she did anywhere. She used it to travel to visit her relatives in Israel whenever a last minute Israeli commission was available. The recent security laws may have made such travel much less practical.

Where to stay.

2004-02-05 19:47:21 by klo

OK your on a hostel budget...don't worry. Most hostels are fine just not your typical run down hotel a little less and sometimes a little better. There are travel agencies everywhere in Bangkok you will never have trouble finding one. For your visas go to the thai visa office, don't do it through a travel agency because half of the time they are fake then your screwed. Plane tickets can be bought through any travel agency, I prefer to call the airlines direct and get a price, or just by at the airport. I have never had a problem with air tickets in Thailand. The train is worth checking out as well. To Suratthani is an overnighter but it's alright. most trains anywhere take a while but you get to see the country. You can find tons of cheap hotels.

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