To Samarkand with Baggie Bird J. Edmund Latham

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To Samarkand with Baggie Bird  by  J. Edmund Latham

To Samarkand with Baggie Bird by J. Edmund Latham
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To Samarkand with Baggie Bird’ is the story of my solo journey along the Silk Road, the world-famous trade route which stretched from China to Europe. Along it travelled the riches of the East and the knowledge of the West in one of the world’s firstMoreTo Samarkand with Baggie Bird’ is the story of my solo journey along the Silk Road, the world-famous trade route which stretched from China to Europe.

Along it travelled the riches of the East and the knowledge of the West in one of the world’s first information superhighways. Despite having no significant travel experience, being only 21, and having the considerable impairment of just having fallen in love, I decided that I should attempt to travel across some of the world’s harshest deserts, highest mountain ranges, and through countries which boast some of the most bizarre and repressive regimes on the planet.

Could I even survive, mentally and physically? Would my long-suffering girlfriend tolerate my absence? And why, exactly, did I choose to travel with four small stuffed football mascots?To Samarkand with Baggie Bird describes what happened next. From getting near-kidnapped in western China, to accidentally walking into a Revolutionary Guards HQ in Iran, and even blagging my way into a so-called Axis of Evil country, this book describes my experiences and the characters encountered along the way- from Chris de Burgh-obsessed Iranian bootleggers, to sinister KGB agents and oversexed Kazakh army cadets, by way of fortune-telling rabbits, lewd Uzbek lemon salesmen and a Kyrgyz cat called Nicole Kidman.

In the process I describe the history and culture of this fascinating and complex web of cultures, where the past is never far away from the present.



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