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My travelling notebook around the world

How to cook Central Asian plov (recipe from Tajikistan)

If you have been around Central Asia, you will already know that the most famous and eaten dish in the area is, by far, plov. Many people claim it to be Uzbek, while others say it’s simply Central Asian, but everybody agrees that in every country, city and even family it’s cooked in a different and personal way. In the last four months traveling in this region, we ate plov countless times. And, many other times being hosted by locals they proposed to cook it all together and even though we were really interested in the preparation, we never had...
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Important things to know before travelling to Uzbekistan (2017)

Out of the most accessible Central Asian countries, Uzbekistan is still the one that makes you feel more controlled. While in its neighbors you don’t need to register anymore, you can just go and stay wherever you want, etc, in Uzbekistan there are still many things you just can’t simply do. As new laws appear, these things change. So these are the top 4 things I think it’s really important for you to know before traveling to Uzbekistan, as of 2017.   1. Night registrations If you like traveling totally on your own or even more, hitchhiking and wild-camping, as...
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How to get a visa for Uzbekistan at the embassy of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The truth is that at the beginning of the year, when thinking that sooner or later we would end up getting to the stans, we were glad to know that the visas of that area were becoming more flexible, in particular the one of Uzbekistan, which was supposed to go from being one of the relatively difficult ones to give away 30 days of free visa for many countries, as was stated in a law at the end of 2016. However, a few months ago that proposal was postponed until 2021! So yes, in the end we have had to...
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Farsi survival dictionary: the language guide you will need to travel around Iran

Planning a trip to Iran? Well, there is something you should know and is that all the people that you meet will be really happy that you visit their country and would love to speak with you, but since they don’t speak much English, they will not be able to do so. That’s why I started this helpful survival dictionary, that allowed us and will allow you not to miss out on one of the best parts of Iran: its people. So as I did already other times with other languages, here I bring you the most used and useful...
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Wild wonderful nature in Almaty province

We heard great things about the province of Almaty and we have to say that not only we were not disappointed, but actually amazed. In the city itself, besides a couple of churches, some parks and markets where to walk around, there is not much to see. What it is indeed very impressive and interesting to explore are all the natural places that surround it. So many different landscapes, from high mountains to flat lands and from lakes to canyons. So make the former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty, your base for one week or more and move around the province...
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How to get the Visa On Arrival for Oman at the border with the UAE

In this post I will explain you how I went from United Arab Emirates to Oman by land and, although it may seem impossible, how much it cost me to get someone to stamp an Omani visa in my passport, even though I was already in their soil.   Countries that can get the visa at the border If your passport is from any of the other GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates) or New Zealand you will not need a visa to enter the country. For all the citizens of the European Union, as...
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Top4(+1) indispensable applications for traveling to Iran

If you intend to travel to Iran and spend good and a lot of time with the people of the country, let me tell you the applications that you will need in order to do it. No, I will not be a bore talking about applications like Couchsurfing, but about few of them that the Iranians use daily and that you should be aware of and download them ALREADY!   1 – VPN The first was obvious, right? Maybe it will not help you to contact at the moment with locals but to do it once you have left their...
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