Quetta to Peshawar a 40 hour train trip with some interesting people

Published in: Pakistan | November 27th, 2007
Dinner vendors over the Hudus River, Pakistan

Travel Journal Overview:Not being able to travel through SWAT valley I had to take the 40 hour train trip that traversed most of the country just to get a few hours north to Peshawar. I  expected to be long and boring, instead it was a highlight. Our conversations ranged from the ancient history of Alexander’s… Continue reading more »

Meeting friendly Pakistani’s in Quetta

Published in: Pakistan | November 26th, 2007
Fruit vendor in Quetta (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview:I found Quetta a great place to find out how Pakistan was. It’s not the most exciting city in the world, but it does have nice people, and good food. I forced myself to sleep until 10am & woke up feeling good. I met the hotel manager over breakfast and we talked for… Continue reading more »

Emergency Rule in Quetta Pakistan

Published in: Pakistan | November 25th, 2007
Downtown Quetta (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I truly enjoyed my introduction to Pakistan. Travel is after all not meant to be a smooth ride, otherwise there is not point. Pakistan during Emergency rule, fun and games, but with 50 + hours of no seep I was struggling.     Arriving into Quetta, Pakistan After some confusion with the… Continue reading more »

The border crossing from Iran to Pakistan

Published in: Iran, Pakistan | November 24th, 2007
Mosque in Yazd - Many Mosques in Iran are incredibly bright in color from the outside (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Please remember these are my journal entries. I have a separate dedicated page on how to cross from Iran to Pakistan overland that is more useful than this journal entry for practical advise. Destination Zahedan I had taken the 5pm Bus, scheduled to arrive at 7am at Zahedan. I chose to go direct from Yazd as… Continue reading more »

Into the Iranian Desert in Yazd, wrapping things up, and preparing for Pakistan

Published in: Iran | November 23rd, 2007
Kharanaq  a Mud Citidel in Yazd

Travel Journal Overview: A desert loop trip outside of Yazd with mud citadels, mosques and wild dogs. More towers of silence climbing and saying goodbye to Christine. It was nearly time for me to leave … With a full group of four, Christine, Mark, Dmitri and myself decided to head off on LP’s recommended Desert… Continue reading more »

Getting to know Yazd, and my travel partner

Published in: Iran | November 21st, 2007
Cooling Towers in Iran, also known as wind chimneys

Travel Journal Overview: Yazd was soon becoming my favorite place in Iran. The people were friendly, the sights were great as I finally got to see real Zoroastrian fire temples.  And, I was meeting new people. I was also getting to learn more about Christine, she was smarter than most gave her credit for. Breakfast… Continue reading more »

Finding a hotel in Yazd, with an irate German

Published in: Iran | November 21st, 2007
View of Yazd City, Iran from the center (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I arrived in Yazd not sure of what to expect. My new German travel mate was well behaved on the bus. Once we arrived, it all changed. Though, so did my travel. This was my last stop before Pakistan Before the 5am alarm call I was already awake. I think Chicago was… Continue reading more »