Turkey, Iran, Azerbaidzjan

Turkey, Iran, Azerbaidzjan

Last update was from April, a lot has happened, of course. Turkey was great, and Istanbul was the most insane city I have ever seen. In Turkey I have been a ‘special guest from Holland’ at a primary school, have slept in the courtyard of a mosque, and have partied¬†with gas station clerks.

Iran proved a great country for cycling. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, good food. The two supreme leaders can be seen depicted on every streetcorner and their stringent faces make sure people follow the islamic rules. In public that is, in private people are less willing to comply, making the Iran society a bit ambiguous, or hypocritic.

On to Turkmenistan then? Well, no. I have not been denied my Turkmen visa but the process took so long I decided to cycle to Azerbaijan instead. I did not want to risk waiting for a denial, and i have met a lot of people having been denied entry to Turkmenistan.

Tomorrow i will try to take a ferry from Alat (Azerbaijan) to Aqtau (Kazakhstan). Uzbekistan will probably be conquered by train and around the beginning of July I hope to arrive in Dushanbe (Tajikistan).

Keep you posted!

Selfie with the famous cyclist from Ollanda!

I am quite a rarity in Turkey

With every call to prayers some people came to visit me, in the morning they gave me breakfast.
Turkey

This is Ben, his bike broke down so he started walking to India.
Turkey

Beautiful Amasya, where I took two rest days.
Turkey
Turkey
Turkey

The scenic d100 road
Turkey

A toothbrush selfie with Ben and Maria, who I met in Iran.
Iran

My girlfriend came to visit me in Iran, where we visited Teheran, Kashan, Isfahan (photo) and Yazd.
Iran

Ancient village near Yazd
Iran

Isfahan
Iran

Baku
Baku

Ferry from Alat to Aqtau
Azerbaidzjan

Julia, Remy, Tim and Julien.
Caspian Sea

 

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