Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

After the death of Uzbekistan dictator President Karimov , the world was afraid that the country would fall into disarray because of the power vacuum that had arisen. For the time being, the opposite is true. Tourists no longer have to follow a time-consuming visa procedure. As a tourist, you no longer need a visa since a few months. The stamp that you get in your passport at the border is valid f...
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Pamir Highway and more

I stay in Bishkek for three weeks. There is a lot to arrange. Visas for Tajikistan, Iran and Turkmenistan require a lot of time. Tajikistan is reasonably smoothly. Within a few days I have my e-visa. Iran needs almost three weeks to email a code with which I can get a visa directly at the embassy. Turkmenistan takes little time in Bishkek, but after 3 weeks I receive the invitation for a visa by email while I am already on my way on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. I can pick up the 5-day transi...
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Kyrgyz adventures

Rarely have I seen such a long line of waiting trucks at a border. After a fruitless attempt to cross the normal border to Kyrgyzstan because Piggy appears to be too large, I have to take another border. It is made clear to me that large cars have to cross the border 20 km away via another border crossing. I suspect that I will once again be seen as a truck, while I already made it clear to the office worker that I am a camper and not a truck with a commercial load. Learned in recent years I pas...
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With great haste through Russia and Kazakhstan

It appears that it is not possible to obtain a longer-term visa for Russia. A 10-day transit visa is the only option. I am obliged to travel the 3000 km to Kazakhstan and to apply for another visa if necessary. Possibly I have to return to the Netherlands via Kazakhstan and Russia. All depends on Piggy. The Russian visa is date specific. So the entry and exit dates are set. Later entry is possible but later departure is not possible. So now nothing has to go wrong during this period. In advance ...
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SHIT HAPPENS!!!

After a one month's stay in the Netherlands, I am dropped off at Schiphol by friends and meet my fellow traveler, Sjoukje, who will travel with me for a few weeks through Mongolia and some Stan countries. The flight to Moscow has a delay, which means that the arrival time is very limited to make the connection with Ulaanbaatar. Sprinting no longer helps. The plane is already busy with its ride to the runway. Three hectic hours follow to arrange a replacement flight. We are not the only victim...
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Singapore, Flores and Timor

The bangs of the fireworks hurt my ears. But the burst of star rain is phenomenal. It is Chinese New Year. The year of the pig is heralded. So it is the year of Piggy !! Unsuspectingly, I booked my flight to Singapore on this 5th of February. The reason to go to Singapore is because my Indonesian visa has almost expired. I could easily apply for a new visa for 2 months. But yeah. All offices are closed during these holidays, including the Indonesian embassy. All in all, there is not enough time ...
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Moluccas, Papua and Bali

After the three-week stay in the Philippines, I return to my hostel in Kuta, Bali, where my bike and luggage are stored in a storeroom by the friendly staff. As far as I'm concerned, Kuta is not the place where I want to stay for a long time, but the many advantages such as luggage storage, the proximity to the airport and not to mention “Poppies” the delightful restaurant around the corner, where I am now a well-kno...
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Philippine escapade

It is time to leave Indonesia for a while, for the 2 months maximum stay of my visa is almost finished. In order to be able to return to Indonesia, it is necessary to apply for a new visa in another country. I have choosen to go to the Philippines, a country where I have not been before and where one can travel visa-free for 1 month. The bike stays behind in the guesthouse in Kuta and I will spend the next 3 wee...

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Indonesia -Cycling in Sulawesi PART 3

Here is the third and final part of the bicycle trip through Sulawesi. Again this part is written by Sjoukje and concerns her personal impressions of this trip. I want to thank her for these 3 blogs. She saved me a lot of work. Next you can expect a blog written by me again, describing my backpacking trip in the north of the Philippines.   Today, finally back on the bike again, we start by crossing the Minahasa peninsula, which is only about 50 km. wide here. We have so...
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Indonesia -Cycling in Sulawesi PART 2

Below is the second part of the bicycle trip through Sulawesi together with Sjoukje. Again, this is Sjoukje's personal diary and a continuation of her story in the previous blog that ended with the funeral ritual of the Torajas. The meat from the slaughtered pigs is distributed on the spot, so now and then one can see someone walking around, carrying an unidentifiable bloody piece of pig on a string. The highlight is the slaughtering of the buffalo which is done later and not somewhere behind...
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