Posts Tagged ‘Central Asia’
When his family had been deported from their homes in eastern Poland in 1940, my dad was only 9 years old. He saw his father for the last time in his home village of Niechniewicze (now in Belarus) when he had been taken into custody by Soviet forces and transported to Siberia. Only recently my dad, who is in his late seventies, learned through military archives that his father had succumbed to typhoid in 1942 and had been buried in the military cemetery of Kermine, now renamed Navoi in central Uzbekistan. Having read so much about the Silk Road and seen the incredible images of Samarkand and Bukhara, the chance to travel to these fabled cities and investigate some of my heritage was too good to pass by.
Brooke is a 24-year old travelling until she runs out of money, finishes the journey, or figures out what she wants to do with her life (whichever comes first). (Interview with Brooke)
At the start of this year, Brooke and her boyfriend Brian had it all planned: a long-term round-the-world trip.
But when Brian was offered a too-good-to-resist job in New York, Brooke decided to head off on her own. She flew into Poland in March, made her way through the Ukraine, and is now in Kyrgyzstan learning Russian.
I caught up Brooke to learn more about her experiences in Eastern Europe and Central Asia as a solo traveller.