Lessons learned in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

Kepala Batas, Malaysia, September 2013

As part of our two year celebration we would like to introduce you to some of the people that have made our bike travel a constant life lesson. These people have opened their hearts to us in ways we cannot even begin to describe. Their contribution to our project is of much value to us so we decided to take this opportunity to make a small homage to them.

We now move on to : Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

Thanks a lot amigos! Because thanks to you we have strengthened our ties to your beautiful countries and their cultures. Hopefully we will get to see you again!

Zarina, Gülruh, little Ozodbek and Elmira from Olot, Uzbekistan, taught us our first words in Uzbek. We met Anne from France, Bernardo from Austria and this nice lady from Japan in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Anne taught us that you always meet twice in life (or even more often), Bernardo taught us how tasty vegan food can be and the nice lady showed us that it is possible to travel even though you do not speak any word in any other language. We met Marco from Italy in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. He taught us that you can safe a lot of money being local or staying somewhere long enough to feel like a local. We stayed with this nice family in Vobkent, Uzbekistan. Their house is simple but surrounded by the smell of flowers, trees and animals. We hope to be able to live in such a cozy place one day as well. We met Christiane from Germany (second from the right), Jonny from Germany (third from the right) and Richard from Australia and India (fourth from the right) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Christiane taught us to confide in people you do not know for too long, Jonny taught us that coincidences do exist and Richard taught us that there are always more than one or two perspectives on things. Gulchenza (the little one in the middle) and her family from Kattaqo'rg'on, Uzbekistan, taught us how important it is to laugh together and look forward, no matter what. Gulchenza also taught us how to bring the calves back home from the field. Tatyana and Alfiya from Tashkent, Uzbekistan were the only active couchsurfers in Uzbekistan that we have met. They taught us that there is always a reason for something and that family is the greatest good in life. We met Eric and Antionette from France in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. They taught us that in order to have a picture with ,everyone' somebody must take the picture and be behind the camera. We met Matluba near Namangan, Uzbekistan. She taught us that working on a field can also have its advantages - there are no people to judge who you chat with while you work. We met Mira in her home town Torkent in Kyrgyzstan, but could not safe any of the pictures we took from her, except for this one of her son and her grandson. Mira taught us to alwas leave some space in the stomach while in a very hospitable country like Kyrgyzstan and how to bake delicious fresh bread. We met this group of French cyclists in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. They taught us always to be open and inviting, how to make money on the road with acrobatics and music and that a smile provides you with a lot of new friends. Nurkyz from Kyrgyzstan taught us how to pronounce her name (nure-kass) and how much fun it can be to try something new for the first time. Dan from England taught us several lessons. Not to freak out when lost in the snow, how to sleep cozily on a parking lot, how to apologize for apologizing, how to prepare English tea and how to care for your friends. We met Armando from Mexico in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He showed us that Mexican travellers shall always bring plenty of their favorite sauces from home and that downhill cycling is something we shall definitely try one day. Astrid and Gerd from Austria and Germany were cycling somewhere nearby for months before we finally met for the first time. They taught us that there are no transit countries and that a team alsways stays together in good times and in bad times. We met Chrissie and Mark from Australia in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. They taught us to take things as they come and make the best out of it instead of complaining.
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