Camel riding in Sahara, Morocco

A night in the Sahara desert in Morocco

October 10, 2017

A short trip to Morocco is enough to plan an excursion into the Sun-beaten, barren Sahara Desert, home to centuries of survival stories that have seen many empires rise and fall; and for millions of years an incredibly beautiful dune scenery that absorbs one’s senses.

Police car in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

Bribing corrupt policemen in Bishkek

August 20, 2017

One hour into my arrival in Bishkek, I had been stopped by the police three times. One time I deserved to be, two times I didn’t; and every time I had to bribe the corrupt officers. Two of them took my money, one took my wet towels.

Road to Turkestan from Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Midnight in Turkestan

June 11, 2017

Halfway to Turkistan, the highway is alive at night. Dusty engines rest, families settle around, mud ovens are set up, and a busy city is improvised. The smells of beshbarmak, manti, pelmeni, shashlik and every other food in the country dance in Kazakh, Russian and Turkish.

Igloo building contest in the Pyrenees

Igloo building contest in the Pyrenees

May 25, 2017

Every winter, an igloo-building contest is held in the Ripoll├Ęs region of the Catalan Pyrenees. Experts and amateurs get together early in the morning to start digging and slicing the ice hoping to finish their own igloos by noon.