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Belarus: A Christmas trip to the land that time forgot – Part 4

Novogrudok is an unassuming town between Minsk and Grodno which, with the freezing sleet and slush in which we arrived, did not look particularly appealing.

February 24, 2014 - Stuart Wadsworth

Belarus: A Christmas trip to the land that time forgot – Part 3

Travel writer Stuart Wadsworth continues his journeys across Belarus, describing Chagall's childhood home, dinner-table discussions about Putin and the (dubious) geographic centre of Europe.

January 30, 2014 - Stuart Wadsworth

Belarus: A Christmas trip to the land that time forgot – Part 2

PART 2 - MINSK

After a couple of pleasant if uneventful days spent wondering around Brest’s provincial streets we moved to the capital, Minsk.

December 27, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

Belarus: a Christmas Trip to the Land that Time Forgot

  “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true inspiration in art and science” – Albert Einstein

December 23, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

Uzbekistan: Notes from the Silk Road

Uzbekistan was the final country on my journey through the “stans”. The Pamir and Fan mountains, so stunning yet so problematic for travel, were replaced as we drove West in a taxi out of the Tajik capital Dushanbe by a flat and featureless plain, dusty, dry and pretty devoid of life, although it was liberally […]

November 7, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

Tajikistan: Flagging up a nation on the edge

Having recuperated from a combined bout of altitude sickness and food poisoning for a few days in the relative civilisation of Khorog and its stunning environs, and having had the luxury of a hot shower and a couple of decent meals, it was time to leave the Pamir Mountains. If getting into the Pamir had […]

October 24, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

Tajikistan: The troubled roof of the world

Ask where Tajikistan is to the average member of the public and they will give you a blank look or bewildered shrug of the shoulders; even to Russians, for whom it was once a member of their empire, it is very little-known. Tajikistan was the poorest republic of the old Soviet Union, and today it […]

October 17, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

Kyrgyzstan: Taking the lead in Central Asia

A trip to Central Asia is a trip which, just over 20 years ago, was nigh-on impossible; out of reach and unknown in one of the most obscure areas beyond the Iron Curtain – an area surrounded by mystery.

October 10, 2013 - Stuart Wadsworth

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