Turkmenistan: The Door to Hell at the Darvaza Crater

sunset-behind-odyssey-overland-truck-and-camping-chairs-karkoum-dessert-turkmenistanThe wonderful roads around Ashgabat soon ran out and we spent many, many hours driving on bumpy, dusty, pot-holed roads. It turned out to be like this for a number of weeks, all the way through Uzbekistan and beyond.  We weren’t to experience smooth tarmac for any great length  of time until we entered China.

Eight weeks previously I had undergone significant abdominal surgery.  I still had a gut full of internal stitches and the bumpy roads for weeks on end caused me significant discomfort. But there was little I could do about it, I was still happy to be there. Bumping along. Day after day, after day.  Continue reading

Sunrise over Mount Bromo and the Sea of Sand

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Our jeep.

We set off at midnight from Malang to watch the sun rise over Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java.  It sits in a ‘sea of sand’ and is part of a national park. The last eruption was in 2011.

There were four of us travelling in (what looked like) a vintage Toyota Jeep. It was good to have some additional company.  Since our overland trip ended, we’ve not socialised with other people – travellers or locals – as much as I hoped we would.  

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