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Charlie : Madrid

December 6th, 2015 No comments

Charlie has spent the last few days with me visiting Madrid while I visit a new city and attempt to practice Spanish in advance of my trip to Chile next month.

We have only been here two nights, and are soon due to go back to the airport for our return flight, but we have enjoyed our time here. In addition to some great food and drinks, plus some time walking around exploring, we have visited a number of the key sights including Parque el Retiro, Palacio Real, Puerta del Sol, the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of The Americas, Plaza España, Plaza Mayor and more.

The weather has been really nice, T-Shirt weather for me although the locals are wearing coats, and it has been great to visit this city that I have heard so much about.

I am having trouble uploading photos that I took of Charlie at the moment, but I will try to add some as soon as I can.

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Charlie : Moscow Airport

June 6th, 2015 No comments

We had an unexpected re-route on our way back from Kyrgyzstan to London. You can read more about this in the main section of the blog but to cut a long story short I needed to come back from Central Asia earlier than planned for personal reasons and so, after surviving Kyrgyz public transport, I took new flights home. However these flights took me via Moscow instead of via Istanbul which was different.

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Transiting through Moscow Airport

Unfortunately with a layover of only a couple of hours, and no Russian visa, we were not able to leave the airport to explore the city but there was time for some food and for Charlie to have a photo taken.

Do make sure you read the main section of the blog from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, especially the description of the nightmare journey home which I have a feeling I will be telling for years to come!

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Charlie : Kyrgyzstan

June 5th, 2015 No comments

Charlie is now with me in the Hotel Holiday in Bishkek after a great time in Kyrgyzstan. It has been both boiling hot and freezing cold, there has been great food and nice people, and we have seen all sorts of scenery ranging from mountain lakes to rocky canyons and from great plains to alpine forests.

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Charlie relaxing by a lake while waiting for the convoy carrying the President of Kyrgyzstan to pass by.

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Charlie next to a lake

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Charlie at a mountain pass

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Charlie ascending to Song Kul Lake

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Charlie at Song Kul Lake

We weren’t originally planning to spend much time in Bishkek but I decided to leave the group trip a few days early for personal reasons. As a result I had a rather memorable experience of Kyrgyz public transport and will be travelling back to The UK tomorrow via Moscow.

By far the highlight of Kyrgyzstan is the scenery. This is the country with the most scenic diversity and outright beauty that I have ever been to. Nowhere else in the world have I seen such amazing scenery, especially scenery that can change from mountain lake to looking like the badlands of the USA to looking like a large plain and finally to looking like The Alps all within the space of a few hours.

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Charlie in the mountains near Arslanbob

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Charlie taking in the view from the front of Helena the truck

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Charlie at Lake Issyk-Kul

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Charlie at Seven Bulls Rocks in the Jeti-Oguz Canyon

I have wanted to come to this part of the world for many years and I am glad that I have finally been able to come here. I think Charlie had a great time too as you can see from the photos on this post. You will be able to see more photos of this country, read more about my experiences of public transport and read my whole Central Asia blog after we return and I have a chance to type it.

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Charlie : Uzbekistan

May 26th, 2015 No comments

Charlie crossed into Kyrgyzstan with me this afternoon after a few days in Uzbekistan. We only saw Tashkent, the capital of the country, and the Fergana Valley between Tashkent and Osh in Kyrgyzstan, but it was a nice introduction to the region.

In Tashkent we had a look around the city, saw the main sights, had some street food for lunch and looked at some old temples including one which houses what is claimed to be the oldest surviving Koran. Overall it’s a nice city and I wish we could have spent longer there but our trip is mainly focusing on Kyrgyzstan.

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Charlie in Tashkent

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Charlie in Tashkent

In the Fergana Valley we stopped at the town of Kolkand to have a look around a museum built into an old fort and also to have a look at a silk factory. While in the town our group was surrounded by a group of a couple of hundred locals who all wanted a photo of us which, as I am sure you can imagine, was a bit overwhelming but they meant well and were friendly. We also stopped overnight in Fergana itself, where we went swimming and had a nice dinner, but we didn’t stay there long.

Due to the large amount of interest we generated, and the short time we were in the Fergana Valley, Charlie didn’t feature in too many photos. However I did take this photo of him at the Kamchik Pass on our way out of Tashkent.

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Charlie at the Kamchik Pass

Our trip stays in Kyrgyzstan for a lot longer than it did in Uzbekistan so expect lots of photos of Charlie soon. It is a country that I have wanted to visit for a long time and so I am pleased to finally be here!

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Charlie : Istanbul

May 23rd, 2015 No comments

Today Charlie went with me on a city tour of Istanbul, Turkey. We are at the start of a trip to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan but my outbound flight includes a long layover in Istanbul and so I took advantage of the Turkish Airlines offer of a free city tour.

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Charlie at Istanbul Airport

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Charlie outside the Blue Mosque

This offer was pretty good, as it includes the use of a tour bus and guide plus entry fees to all of the sights that you see. It even includes a minimum of two meals depending on the time of your tour and how long your layover it.

After breakfast we were taken to the centre of the city and shown the main sights including various monuments, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and a few other places before being given a free lunch. Overall I think it was a good overview of the city, although there is far more to see there. One thing I did enjoy seeing was a good view of the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace, and I took a photo of Charlie there too.

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Charlie overlooking the Bosphorus Channel

Next stop Tashkent, Uzbekistan!

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Charlie : Hong Kong

March 12th, 2014 No comments

Charlie has just returned to The UK after our trip to south east Asia, for a sailing trip around southern Myanmar with a few days in Thailand either side and an overnight layover in Hong Kong.

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Transiting through Hong Kong airport on the outward journey

Hong Kong was an experience to visit, especially in contrast to how quiet and relaxing the south of Myanmar was. Unfortunately it was very foggy when we were there so we didn’t get a chance to visit the peak to see the whole city but we did have a look around the city, visit the botanical gardens and take a ferry to Kowloon to visit the mainland.

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Charlie in Hong Kong

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Charlie in Hong Kong

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Charlie on the long escalators in Hong Kong

As I wasn’t there for long, and as we didn’t see much due to fog, I am going to make an effort to return next time I need to make a transit through that region of the world.

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Charlie : Phuket, Thailand

March 11th, 2014 No comments

Charlie has enjoyed his time in Thailand. Phuket is not the sort of place that has ever interested me, as most people come here for the nightlife and the sterile beaches, but I did my best to get away from these and see some of the local culture.

Before travelling to the Myanmar border we stayed for two nights in Karon, the second biggest nightlife town on the island, and while I was here I did go to the beach for a little while but I also explored the local area, ate some good food, saw some temples and visited the Big Buddha statue which is located on a hill overlooking Karon.

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Charlie at the hotel in Karon, Phuket

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Then after returning to Phuket I stayed in Phuket Town, the administrative centre of the island, to get away from the beaches and experience some Thai culture. While in Phuket town I explored the local area, visited some parks, visited a few museums and enjoyed some lovely (and cheap) meals. There were some tourists around, as this is a stop off for people visiting the nearby islands, but overall I enjoyed my time in the town a lot more than I enjoyed my time in Karon.

We are now at the Island Pacific Hotel in Hong Kong, half way through my journey back to The UK. Tomorrow we will have a look around the city and hopefully take some nice photos of Charlie, as long as this fog disappears.

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Charlie : Myanmar (aka Burma)

March 9th, 2014 No comments

Charlie has spent the past week with me on a sailing trip through southern Myanmar (also known as Burma) and it has been really nice. I usually like to take trips which are full of activities, or at least which don’t have a large proportion scheduled for relaxation time, so this was a welcome change.

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Charlie enjoying his bed for the trip

The Myeik (Mergui) archipelago was only opened up to foreign vessels this year and the ship that we took, owned and operated by Intrepid, is the only foreign registered vessel doing sailing trips around the area. During the trip we did see some fishing vessels, some traditional canoes in the sea gypsy village we visited, and one large foreign yacht at a resort we visited but other than that we didn’t see any other boats after entering the area. In fact, other than on the resort and visiting the sea gypsy village we didn’t see any other people for the whole time and were almost completely off the grid which was nice.

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Charlie looking at Kawthaung, Myanmar

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Charlie at Swinton Island

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Charlie at Swinton Island

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Charlie on Swinton Island

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Charlie at Macleod Island

The area is just stunning, as you can see. Charlie stayed on the boat so that he wouldn’t get lost at sea, except for one evening on an island when we enjoyed a BBQ, but this didn’t spoil his experience as you can see from the photos.

We are back in Thailand now and will be spending a couple more nights here before returning to The UK via Hong Kong.

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Charlie : Ukraine

June 22nd, 2013 No comments

Charlie has returned from his visit with me to Ukraine, to see Kiev and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. I have already posted about Charlie’s experiences in Chernobyl, which was the main part of the trip, but he also travelled around Kiev too.

While in the city he came with me on a tour of the city, on some sightseeing, for some nice meals and to people watch in the main square. I didn’t take too many photos of him in the city but I did take one of him when he came with me to visit a shooting range outside of the city.

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Charlie looking after an AK-47 and another rifle in Ukraine

Overall we both had a good time in Ukraine, especially in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. We learnt a lot and it was a very unique trip.

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Charlie : Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

June 20th, 2013 No comments

Charlie has spent the past few days exploring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with me, helping to continue with my theme of visiting places that nobody (or very few) people that I know have visited and which are unique. Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone were certainly unique.

Seeing Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, was certainly a moving experience. We were able to get closer than I thought we would but the highlight of the couple of days here was exploring Pripyat, the main town very close to the power plant itself.

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Charlie in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Charlie in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Charlie in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, at the area with higher radiation

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Charlie overlooking the building housing the Chernobyl reactor which suffered the meltdown.

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Charlie looking at the new structure being built to ensure no radiation escapes as the building collapses.

In Pripyat we were able to explore inside many of the buildings including houses, military accommodation, a restaurant, a hospital, a supermarket, a hotel, a cinema, a school, a sports stadium and much more. I think officially you are not supposed to enter the buildings as some of them are dangerous due to being abandoned in the 1980s but it was amazing to see life just left behind when the evacuation was called. Of course some things were moved during the decontamination sweep but a lot of stuff was just left as it was, such as a test written on a blackboard and names of doctors on duty in the hospital.

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Charlie exploring Pripyat

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Charlie exploring Pripyat

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Charlie exploring Pripyat

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Charlie exploring Pripyat

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Charlie exploring Pripyat

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Charlie exploring Pripyat

Charlie was featured in a lot of photos that I took while in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone but I have posted only the best selection in this post.

Luckily neither me or Charlie became radioactive during our visit, but we did visit an area with higher than average radiation, with our guide demonstrating how the radiation detector would alert us if anything went wrong.

We are back in Kiev now, and I will make another post tomorrow with some photos of Charlie’s experiences in Ukraine outside of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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