Held hostage (kinda) in Nomadic country in Kazakhstan

Held hostage by Kazakh locals….. From the low lands of Almaty in Kazakhstan I headed to Esik and rode up to the top of a 2600m high Mountain range. Admittedly was mostly pushing my bike up steep gravel tracks, sometimes so steep I would slide back down and my loaded bike would fall to the…

Why did I come here?

It was 9:30pm at night and I found myself in a town with no where to sleep. I had been driven to come here but I could not work out why. An hour earlier I had found a camping spot, admittedly it was next to a cemetery, but I’ve always thought ‘you’re not a real…

Vegan cooking in Kazakhstan

OMG I did it! I created a freaken Vegan Masterpiece from scratch in Kazakhstan (home of meat based Nomadic tribes of meat, potatoes, meat, rice, meat, bread, and did I say meat?) It took me a night of preparing and then the whole morning until we ate at 1:30pm. My god! It was really lovely…

Walk turns into ‘Extreme Kazakh Adventure!’

3 days ago I invited my Kazakh host, Svetlana, to accompany me on a walk up the Almaty Mountains. Now Svetlana is originally from Russia, and is a stay at home Mum to 2 kids, currently learning English and has a Husband. She is beautifully sweet, kind and has manicured toe and fingernails. We clambered…

Callous China Calls Me

I’m about to embark on an incredible journey yet I’m struggling and hating my experience…

Crawling out from the Shadow

So I’m slowly coming out of my ‘can’t be fucked’ ness – apologies to those who I’ve offended – it is just a word – and really the only word I can find that adequately describes how I’ve been feeling. I could go on here about my word finding difficulties and severe memory issues that…