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East African transport. Part I. Dala-dala and basi

Русская версия While most of the tourists in East Africa are looking for the reliable company to rent a jeep, we will tell about tougher African experience – public transport. It is tough, however, not because it is too terrible, but because too many white people consider it is terrible. But, as we said, it is often fun!

Urgench, a capital of Khorezm province

Русская версия  We came back to Urgench from Muynak through Nukus. The Muynak bus drove us to the old bus station of Nukus, and the locals advised to go to the market to catch a bus to Urgench there.

Baku side trips: Gobustan and mud volcanoes (Azerbaijan, intermediate level)

Русская версия   Early in the morning, we departed from Baku where we spent our first day in Azerbaijan for Gobustan to see a Unesco World Heritage Site – national park famous for its Rock Art and nearby mud volcanoes. First you have to reach the bus station at the 20th of January street (by marshrutka nr. 29). Then take a bus to Gobustan and ask the bus driver to stop you there; this trip takes less than an hour. The bus stops in the middle of nowhere, but you will be immediately met by numerous taxi drivers. Our taxi driver wanted 45 manats to get us to both Gobustan and volcanoes, but we bargained it to 25 (how naïve we were!). Unfortunately, taxi is the only way to get to the destination. You might try to get to Gobustan by hitch-hiking, but don’t hope to get to mud volcanoes in such a way, there is hardly any road and these are only tourists who go there.

Baku – Yanar Dag, or Azerbaijan for beginners

Русская версия   The night plane from Riga arrived in Baku at 5.30, and that is how our trip around Caucasus started.

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