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  1. Avatar celia
    March 27, 2019 @ 7:24 am

    I’ve had dysentery in India, with the thought that no on in my life knows where I am, and I’m not sure I’ll leave here on my feet; and big rats running around at a restaurant in Malaysia; and a constant official follower during the protests in China, but nothing as terrifying as these tales. As a woman traveling alone, there was one attempted assault (I was in a boat alone with a man on the Ganges), but I prevailed and intimidated my would be attacker, got us back to shore and ran off, no harm done. And there have been a few times when I turned down expeditions I wanted, because it became apparent to me the guide would expect privileges along the way. And I’ve poured the tea out the window on Indian trains, because it was kindly and eagerly offered by strangers, and I didn’t know what was in it. Happy birthday in Beirut, and enjoy the Stans. Hope to see you in Italy.
    Celia

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  2. Avatar Christine Smith
    March 28, 2019 @ 3:13 pm

    I can’t compete with your “horror tales” John but they made me laugh (the Morrocan merchant) and cringe (the rats). My husband and I traveled to Colombia in the late 70’s and were periodically stopped by young soldiers to see our passports and train travel had soldiers with guns, we were there when cocaine was at its peak. The airports liked to target us and my husband was strip searched when we were island hopping in the Dutch Antilles.
    We spent many years traveling in Mexico and camping on the beach, we always enjoyed staying where the Mexicans stayed, they were cheap and dives but never encountered rats. I know my travels sound tame compared to yours but I really get a
    Kick out of your adventures! Look forward to more, Happy Birthday and have fun!

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  3. Avatar Kay Pihl
    March 29, 2019 @ 11:11 am

    I look forward to more stories, John. Have a great time in Central Asia.

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  4. Avatar awtytravels
    April 3, 2019 @ 1:13 pm

    Loved the stories! The 2-foot rat would be too much for me. Something about that nude, ringed tail just churns my stomach upside down.

    Enjoy Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are my “stomping ground”, but I’m also partial to Taj and Uzbekistan. Hope you’re seeing the Gorno-Badakhshan region and you’re spending an inordinate amount of time in Bukhara. Both are worth it. As is the Georgian on Batyr street in Almaty.
    Fabrizio

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