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Independence in the distant republics

has meant a return to religious practices and national identity.


Central Asia
is a different world from anything remotely Russian.

When it's snowing in Moscow and St.Petersburg, Spring has almost past in Uzbekistan --

and in Tajikistan, the summer is about to make it's mark.

Street Of The Tombs

Ancient Samarkand hardly seems to be in a rush to join the 20th Century, let alone the 21st.

Horse and carts still transport passengers from the bazaar to the big chaykhana teahouse.

The old mosque is in need of serious repair, but the patient Uzbeks continue to pray in little groups at the end of the Street Of The Tombs; young children too.

There is no need for a loudspeaker to call them to prayer,
the spirit of their ancestors is enough


[From Russia With Love]

[China in '88]

Asia Index.

Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

Find out more about Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, The Middle East, and The Americas.
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