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I left my home country, France, on the 27th of May 2012 for a long journey across the world. No goal, No return.
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One important point of this trip is to take pictures, make films, record sounds and interviews. On this page you will find all the media I produced.

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Kyrgyzstan Tuesday 4 September 2012
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Labrys is the main LGBT group in Central Asia. Created in Bishkek in 2004, they are a fully officially registered organisation, and operate in the region with of the help and financial support of international NGOs.

Syinat Sultanalieva kindly accepted to do this interview with me for Homolab. This audio is the full interview.

If you would like to know more about the topic, here are a few interesting links:

LABRYS:
Labrys
Labrys Facebook Page

ILGA Asia

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights is in Kyrgyzstan

We Do Exist: Gay Men and HIV Risk in Kazakhstan (Open Society Foundations)

Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 18, 2012 from the US embassy in Bishkek)

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Kyrgyzstan Friday 31 August 2012
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What a day!

By chance I was in the capital for Independence Day, on the 31st of August. Twenty one years of independence. I decided to do my first special audio feature. I’m not entirely happy with it, but it’s my first one, so be indulgent! But if you want to make comments or give advice, your are more than welcome!

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Kyrgyzstan Tuesday 21 August 2012
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From Kochkor, there are two main options for trekking: Lake SomKul or Kul Ukok. The first one is rather large, and further out. It’s possible to go by car, horse riding, or trekking, by the long road, or the short trail, from the Kyzart pass reached by car. Smaller, more isolate Kul Ukok can be reached in one day from Kochkor on foot.

SomKul seemed to touristy to me, and I didn’t want to set off for a long trek, or anything costly (taxi to Kyzart). So I decided to go to Kul Ukok!

The road out of Kochkor to the next village, then the track, the trail up to the lake… it was a really long day. I walked for about 8 hours. I was totally exhausted when I reached the lake. The yurts were on the other side… Two kids on horses came to meet me, and I rode a horse for the first time of my life to the yurt. I witnessed the life of nomads, milking the cows, herding the horses, sheep, and goats, preparing dinner while the sun was going down with the temperature! After dinner, I went straight to bed, buried myself under tons of blankets in the cold yurt. Very bad night.

The next morning, after a simple breakfast, I took some pictures while desperately trying to wake my body up. I really had to leave, thinking I could not face a second night by the lake. Too cold, too dirty, too expensive (see the article CBT greenwashing of tourism).
Although my body was tired, and lacking vitamins (or just proper food), I started ascending the 3500m pass to the next valley, back down to Kochkor.

Long way up, I was struggling. I started to fell altitude sickness. By the time I reached the pass, my legs were shaking… I took only two pictures, one to each side of the pass, and started going down. Again, very long trail down, for long hours. I made stops and naps on the way… I reached the first village after 6 or 7 hours walking. I was lucky to be able to stop a van with a family going to Kochkor, and I got my free ride back. I went straight to bed…

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Uzbekistan Tuesday 31 July 2012
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Just before sunset, we climbed up the fortress build by Alexander the Great, or what’s left of it, just outside Nurata. Indeed the mud bricks have all melted back to dust, and it’s hard to tell the eroded mounds and heaps that people have been running on for centuries were once a fortress.

On top of the predominant mound, kids were flying their makeshift kites: a piece of corrugated cardboard with a fabric tail, and a string!

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Uzbekistan Tuesday 24 July 2012
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The locomotive was new, but the cars… not so new. They were in acceptable condition (legroom ok, and rather comfy seats), but the ageing air conditionning was struggling with the outside furnace. The train manager obliged us to shut all windows and blinds (on the sunny side) to save the energy, but air circulation with openened window would have probably been more refreshing.

So we were wet for three long hours, with the loud and saturated sound of a TV series in russian.

There is one fun fact about those trains, but I want to make it a little game. In those pictures, find one very unsual thing for us westerners. The winners gets a free ticket from Tashkent to Samarkand, worth 21 000 sums! :)

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Azerbaijan Tuesday 17 July 2012
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This week I send a report to podcast Homolab with Baylen and Lucio, but without Lucio, and Rosie, sitting in for Amy. Read the story

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Georgia Saturday 7 July 2012
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Video blogging, play the video!

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Georgia Thursday 5 July 2012
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Dernière étape gérogienne, petite ville avec du caractère, aux pieds des montagnes.

Le parc naturel présente des balades intéressantes, dont un lac qui fait la frontière avec la Russie à 3000m d’altitude. Les amis israéliens que j’avais croisé à Ushguli, puis à Tbilisi m’ont dit le soir même ne pas avoir pu trouvé le lac car le chemin de rando s’évanouis dans la nature, sans marquage… grosse déception pour eux, moi je me suis contenté d’une petite balade vers une cascadounette qui déchire pas sa race, mais qui m’a bien achevé… s’en est suivi une nuit de quasiment 12 heures!

Le parcours de la balade se trouve ici.

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Georgia Monday 2 July 2012
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I took the night train from Batumi to Tbilisi, Georgia, on a third attempt to leave the coastal city. Read the story

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Georgia Tuesday 19 June 2012
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Today I went to visit the Gelati church outside Kutaisi.

On the minibus I noticed this remarkable level crossing. I walked back to it from the church, and eventually walked along the track all the way back to Kutaisi.

The track was apparently still in use, and there was a man to operate the level crossing…

Train fans, here’s a selection of the pictures I took.

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