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Anem a Turquia | On our way: Turkey

 

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Un cop caminades Tailàndia, Birmània, Bangladesh, Índia, Pamir, Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Azerbaidjan i Geòrgia amb aproximadament gairebé uns 9.900 quilòmetres als peus, ara ens endinsem a Turquia.

For those of you counting, we have walked Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, India, Pamir, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and, now, Georgia. With about almost 9,900 kilometers on our feet, we cross into Turkey.

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Anem a Geòrgia | On our way: Georgia

 

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Un cop caminades Tailàndia, Birmània, Bangladesh, Índia, Pamir, Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran i Azerbaidjan amb aproximadament uns 9.300 quilòmetres als peus, ara ens endinsem a Geòrgia.

For those of you counting, we have walked Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, India, Pamir, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and, now, Azerbaijan. With about 9,300 kilometers on our feet, we cross into Georgia.

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Who Does This?

 

Note: My version of this blog consolidates the many acts of kindness we received during our three months in Iran. Lluís, however, has done an incredible job writing about all of these experiences in much greater detail. If you really want to see how Iranians are, please take a few minutes and translate his post, Però quí fa tot això? from Catalan to English (Google Translate may help). All of these things happened to us…they are all true… and we are still overwhlemed thinking about how good people are to us!

 

We have been so lucky to be the recipients of all sorts of kindness for 18 months from Thailand to Uzbekistan.

But Iran takes hospitality to a completely different level, something we have not found anywhere else on this journey or on other “normal” trips.

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India’s done! What’s next?

We let our feet soak for a couple of seconds in the cool, shallow pool of water. We step onto the sticky plastic mats, doing our best to ignore the clinking sounds of metal plates being tossed into the wash buckets in the busy community kitchen. We cross the elaborate archway, and stand on the hard marble floor. Our eyes are fixed on our prize: the Golden Temple.

For Sikhs, the Amritsar temple is the equivalent of the Christian’s Rome and the Muslim’s Mecca. Devotees from around the world come to bask in its welcoming glow. For me, this special place marks my official finish line for our walk in India.

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Heading To Tajikistan

Having spent a few weeks enjoying off-route parts of  Burma and Kyrgyzstan and getting our visas and logistics sorted,  it’s time to start walking again… And, man, do we have  itchy feet! We are definitely getting antsy to begin our “whatever comes next” phase in Central Asia. Rest is a good thing, but restlessness is an impatient beastie.

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Bangkok. Bagan. Bishkek?!?

 

Thailand. Done. Burma/Myanmar. Done. If we were following a straight line, Bangladesh would be the next country on our walk. But, it won’t be.

Up next: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

BIshkek??? Kyrgyzstan??? You correctly may be telling yourself, “Why are you going there? That’s not even marked on your map!”

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Turning Questions Into Something Useful

Aquí teniu el post en Català. 

With more than 14,000 questions bouncing around our heads, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

To keep our sanity in check, we have to turn the list of questions into a pragmatic guide of expected results and possible outcomes.

At times, this is tough to do. There are specific things we must patiently work through in a certain order. Many other things, however, will evolve organically as we expand our general working knowledge and tackle each aspect of the trip. Life, after all, is a big excuse to keep learning, and this trip will undoubtedly give us an education in things we never considered before now.

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Convertint Les Preguntes en Quelcom Útil

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Amb unes 14.000 preguntes repicant dins els nostres cervells, és fàcil veure’ns ofegats i atabalats.

Mirant de mantenir la calma i ser un xic eficients, hem de convertir aquesta interminable llista de preguntes en una guia pragmàtica d’on obtinguem resultats útils.

Sovint això és difícil de fer. Hi ha temes específics que hem d’atacar de manera pacient i sistemàtica. Hi ha d’altres que evolucionaran a mida que nosaltres desenvolupem o adquirim altres coneixements per tal de donar respostes a diferents aspectes del viatge. La vida, després de tot, és una gran excusa per seguir aprenent i aquesta aventura, sense cap mena de dubte, ens enriquirà i educarà en molts aspectes que mai havíem considerat abans.

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