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Excerpts from my Iran Diary
In September 2016, I spent a month travelling around Iran. Here are some excerpts from the diary I kept while I was there. The accompanying photos are all my own.

"From the border crossing at Astara on the Caspian Sea coastwe found a taxi driver willing to take us up to Ardabil. He had a pronounced twitch, which was a bit unnerving at first, as was his driving. The Iranian way of driving is something I’d often wonder about over the following month. Instead of abiding by a set of rules, it seemed to be based on constant negotiation with other drivers... [MORE] "


highway towards the mountains in Turkmenistan

Ashgabat: the capital of Turkmenistan is a misanthrope's ideal city
In October 2016, I spent five days in Turkmenistan. This is my record of the three days I spent in Ashgabat, the eerily empty capital. [Map].

"Turkmenistan currently receives just 8000 foreign visitors a year. That's 30 times fewer than North Korea, which makes 'the hermit kingdom' look downright mainstream... [MORE]"




highway towards the mountains in Turkmenistan

Alexandria: watching the tide roll in
In November 2016, I spent a month travelling in Egypt. Here's what I wrote about my time in Alexandria, the Egyptian port city made famous by its library, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

"We drove into Alexandria from the airport at around 1am, our driver slouching in his bucket seat and swerving between the other cars on the road one-handedly, as if he were playing an arcade game.

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