I am drawn to places that seem magical — magic lands of the past that are still mildly unknown today.
Central Asia, the lands of the ancient Silk Road, and the route of much trade, war, and magic (I guess you could just replace magic with mystery), has been my obsession for a long time — only I haven’t explored that much of it beyond my beloved Kyrgyzstan.
That’s why I’m excited. Tomorrow, Pat and I journey down through the heart of Kyrgyzstan, with stops in Kochkor and Naryn, to the Torugart Pass. Once we cross, we will be driven to Kashgar in far western China.
It’s a part of China that not too many people get to see. I mean, why would they travel across the great expanse of land to touch foot to this somewhat tiny city (in Chinese terms)?
After a couple of days there, we will then head up to Urumqi for a few more days before flying to Beijing.
In Beijing, we’ll meet up with Tony and Paula and hopefully get our final details settled for the big Trans-Mongolian train trip.
Now, if I can just stay healthy, I think this journey is going to be unforgettable.
I’m chasing the magic… what keeps you traveling?