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Sheki – last stop before Georgia!

Sheki – last stop before Georgia!

After two days in Lahic we arrived at our next destination, Sheki – or Seki, Sheke, Shakki, Shaka, Shekin, Shakne, Shakkan. Well, all is correct, for historical reasons, would take too long to explain. With its 64,000 some inhabitants Sheki counts as a city. But it feels more like a small town, which is nice for us. Sheki is especially known for its carawanserei. Originally there were seven of them around, two are still there. One has been made into…

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Quiet little mountain town – Lahic

Quiet little mountain town – Lahic

  From lovely Baku we started our journey towards Georgia. Lahic >Wiki< was the first stop we made. It’s a little mountain village, where tourists go to see traditional copper artisans. It’s surrounded by beautiful mountain scenerey, making it perfect for hiking and riding. In theory. Unfortunately, the brilliant weather we had when we arrived there didn’t last. We got caught in the worst thunderstorm with hail in the evening of our first day. That kind of made us chicken-hearted,…

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How to Keep Calm and Travel China

How to Keep Calm and Travel China

Travelling (mainland) China can be challenging. It’s Asia on an advanced level, definitely. Our Lonelyplanet guide book had told us to treat the journey more like an adventure rather than a holiday. We thought, well, we always do that with our travels, so what could possibly be so different? Well, we found out, there are a few things. So here is what we learnt put together in a basic survival guide to make your journey through the Middle Kingdom as smooth and hassle-free as…

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Xi’An and the Terracotta Warriors

Xi’An and the Terracotta Warriors

  Roundabout thousandonehundred kilometers and only five and a half hours on the train after we had  left Beijing, we arrived in Xi’An. To cover this distance would have taken at least 24 hours on the Transsiberian Train. Luckily, we took China’s high speed bullet-train, called “G-Train”, which flew with 300 kilometres an hour past big and growing cities that no one has ever heard of who hasn’t been to China. Xi’An is just another eight and a half-million-people-metropolis. There…

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Beijing

Beijing

Beijing was our first impression of China. To us it seemed more like three cities in one. There is the modern Beijing where people live and work, it’s very alive, a bit scruffy, busy, loud and quite chaotic, especially the traffic. Always watch out for traffic, they’re out to get you. Beijing is not at all as organised as we thought it would be, at least on the outside, can’t really say what its like working there. Public transportation is…

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Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

  So I thought our trip across the United States by bus was a pretty long journey. Then we did this. In a nutshell: 7826 Kilometers, 5 journeys between 22 and 32 hours each, roundabout 140 hours spent on the train in total, three different countries and cultures, six cities to explore.   The Trains Old at first sight, but mostly clean and nice. The Russian trains were always heated, and most of the time quite hot. So best to wear a…

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