Pakistan Diary

Day 1 - Dublin to Islamabad The night before leaving I saw a news article on the BBC website about the arrest of the ex-PM in Pakistan, Imran Khan, and the subsequent rioting that had kicked off. So heading for my early morning flight I was understandably a little anxious! My flight was from Dublin to Abu Dhabi and then onwards to Islamabad. The flights themselves weren't too bad but Abu Dhabi Terminal 3 seemed a bit of a warren and it took quite a while to find and then get to…

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Balkans Diary

Day 1 After a 3 hour flight from London we arrived in a warm, but very wet, Sofia. It didn't help that the mini bus to the hotel leaked with water dripping from the roof on to several seats. However we eventually arrived at our hotel, the Sofia Palace, damp but looking forward to what the next few days had in store Quickly freshening up it was back out and a short walk to a local restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner and our first chance to sample the local food. Whilst…

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Uzbekistan Diary
The view over the old part of Khiva from the watch tower on the city walls.

Uzbekistan Diary

So today (April 22, 2022) I finally head off on a trip I originally booked in 2019 for departure in spring 2020. Whilst I’ve travelled around Ireland a bit during these last two years, apart from a brief trip to Spain about 7 months ago there’s been little other overseas trips for obvious reasons. So my destination this time is Uzbekistan. Part of the ancient silk road between China and Europe. The ‘stans are somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a while and there’s still a few others to explore. Day 1…

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