July 26, 2012 1:45pm CST
Have any of you visited the countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan)? I would love to hear about your trip if anyone has been there. I have never been there, but ever since I saw the pictures from Samarkand in Uzbekistan I wanted to go there. It sounds like an interesting and beautiful place to explore. I am also interested in visiting Kyrgyzstan, because my husband and I sponsor a group of elderly women from Kyrgyzstan. We send them money via a Danish organisation and we sometimes receive letters about the group of women that we sponsor and information about their daily lives and the situation in the country. I would love to visit the country in person. I am also interested in Turkmenistan, but as far as I know it is really hard to get a visa for Turkmenistan. I don't know much about Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
28 Jul 12
I haven't yet been to any of the countries Central Asia. I watched a travel documentary called Meet the Stans by Simon Reeve. I recently watched a documentary called Paradise Lost about an American man that worked in Almaty. I am keen to visit Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. I would love to see Samarkland and know it is off the tourist track. I know it would be challenging to get the visas no to mention expensive. It is lovely that you and your husband sponsor a group of old ladies from there.
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28 Jul 12
That documentary sounds very interesting. I think that Uzbekistan would be a very interesting place to visit especially Samarkland. I read a review from someone who had visited Samarkland and he liked it very much. I have also seen many pictures from Samarkland. The pictures look amazing, but I am sure that it would be much more interesting to visit the place in person The visa requirements are a problem. As far as I know it is impossible to visit any of those countries without a visa and that makes a trip to those countries more complicated and expensive.