A detailled account of me trying to reach a giant burning hole in the middle of nowhere in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan.
Post-Soviet states are fascinating travel destinations. They represent 15 independent states that emerged after the collapse of the Former Soviet Union through the late 1980's until December 1991.
Belarus, one of the least visited countries in Europe, now allows for 5-day visa free travel. Check out my bucket list to see what cool things there are to do in the capital Minsk!
People from all over Belarus brought a handful of soil from their village, ultimately making a 35-meter high hill. On top they built an incredible memorial.
A mighty show of military force, you would almost think the Cold War in Belarus never ended. Check out these pictures to see for yourself.
The world’s toughest men on horseback fighting over a dead goat! Kok-Boru is a dangerous sports played only in Central Asia.
In an almost forgotten corner of the world there is a lot to discover. See how I travelled in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Hundreds of rusty old battle tanks, as far as the eye can see. I located a secret tank graveyard in east Ukraine only to find out it remains heavily guarded.
Getting arrested abroad is something you should always avoid. But getting arrested in a country that doesn’t even officially exist, is definitely next-level. It happened to me in Transnistria.
Sloviansk was once a stronghold of the separatists in east Ukraine, until after months of shelling the Ukrainian army took it back. I visited this city in Donbass to see for myself the aftermath of the siege of Sloviansk.
Armoured vehicles, ballistic missiles and heavy air-defence systems driving down the central street of Kyiv. I attended a military parade on Ukraine’s 23rd anniversary of national independence.
Welcome to Transnistria: a frozen-conflict separatist breakaway state of Moldova not recognised by any country in the world. A place where people consider themselves Soviet citizens more than anywhere else in the world.