Day 455: Digging For Fire


I left in the morning with Nazik and did a bit of blah before meeting up with Aima again. I needed to buy a present for my girlfriend’s birthday, and I wanted to get something exceptionally cool and Kyrgyz-Rhymes-With-Burgers. Aima helped me out, and in typically boy-buying-things style I had found the perfect gift within minutes. We headed over to the post office to send it on it’s way to Oz Land, only to discover that it would cost more to send that the damn thing cost to buy in the first place – and that it would take a month to get there, making me look like the worst boyfriend ever. Oh well, at least I tried.

After that we had a mooch around Osh Bazaar, the big-assed market on the western side of the city and I got to see Bishkek in action. I managed to get myself a few bits and bobs that would keep The Odyssey on the straight and narrow. It seemed like a exceptionally sedate, calm and – dare I say it – somewhat lifeless city, which made what happened just a few days later even more unexpected.

BBC: Kyrgyz protesters seize regional government office

Nazik’s mum was taken ill (get well soon!), so not wanting to be a nuisance I grabbed my bags from her flat and set out to find somewhere else to stay. Luckily for me, Aima offered to let me stay at uni gaff with her lady chums and so I spent an exceptionally pleasant evening in the company of a bunch of girls from Kyrgyzstan. I don’t think there’s too many other ginger scousers who can say that. Huzzah!

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Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Gavino

    I’m sure your new GPS maps that you have been bragging about are great, but I can’t see them!! instead of a map it shows a big NOT FOUND! “the requested document was not found on this server”. The text you’ve written over it is there, just the map is missing. I don’t know if the problem is with my internet or with your website, I just wanted to let you know.

    and on the above post: you are one lucky fellow!!! Lybia banns all Europeans from entering EXCEPT Brits, Kyrgyzstan goes nuts only days after you ticked it off… now lets just hope you’ll get out of Kuwait soon!

    1. Graham

      Hey Gavino – the ginger one here. What browser are you using? I’m getting reports that IE8 and Chrome can handle them, but Firefox is turning its nose up, much in a the manner of Lady Tarquina stepping over a tramp.

  2. Pad Regan

    Last blog 28 days ago, whats happened??


  3. Gavino

    Yes, I am using Firefox. Thanks for fixing it!!! Those maps are pretty sweet!

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