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Old 10-07-2008, 01:16 PM   #31
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Immagini impressionanti, ringraziamenti per ripartirsi. I hope that comes out right.
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Old 10-07-2008, 01:57 PM   #32
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Thanks!

This is really interesting. How hard is it to follow the maps and to find the motels, restaurants, etc.? (I assume you don't speak all these languages.)

You really are on a serious ADV tour. This is the kind of stuff we only see on TV programs about exotic travel.

(By the way, when you feel bad about your English - ask yourself how many of your readers here speak and write Italian. Almost none!)

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Old 10-07-2008, 02:09 PM   #33
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Great stuff. Almaty is a much bigger and more boring city. After that, I strongly suggest you enter Kyrgyzstan from up north and go to lake Issyk Kul
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:10 PM   #34
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You said the ceremony was religious. This seems to be the focal point. What does it mean?

The stone was covered and there was the date of the day on.
The metallic structure looks like a stylized yurta
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:20 PM   #35
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This is really interesting. How hard is it to follow the maps and to find the motels, restaurants, etc.? (I assume you don't speak all these languages.)

You really are on a serious ADV tour. This is the kind of stuff we only see on TV programs about exotic travel.

(By the way, when you feel bad about your English - ask yourself how many of your readers here speak and write Italian. Almost none!)

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From 10 to 13 yesrs i studied French ( just can understand something and ask what time is it )
From 13 to 18 German at liceum ( at the moment i can speak what you need to travel: how much, name, place, street and a decent conversation)

Since 1982 i've play americann football in Italy so i learned english just speaking with american coach and player: no lesson. I can understand and speak but the grammar..jesus

For this trip i went to a language school to take some russian lessons (20): around June i was able to read Cyrillic ( for the signal) and i know My name is, some verbs and some words: hotel street directions, numbers. I buyed a little book of italian russian conversation with the pronunciation.

Finally i'm italian and is in our dna use hands to speak

Read the map for me is one of the funniest moment of the vacation: look at the street, ask to the people, showing the map. Everibody can understand a map. When i'm travelling i always ask to truck driver, taxi driver and so on. In these kind of country everybody is able to give you right informations.
And i love to sign on the map the roads along that im driving: it's the best souvenir.
Considerate that i don't know how easy could be find download map (in english) of cities like Tashkent or Bishkek that you can put in a GPS.
For me use half hour to can find a hotel it's fun. If you are not able to find, the best and simple solution is give the address to a taxi driver and follow him.

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:09 PM   #36
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grazie!

awesome report!
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:45 PM   #37
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Great Trip!

Momi, you get 100 extra points for wearing a LSU hat (Geaux Tigers). All the big boy play in the SEC.
Ride safe and more photos please.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:24 PM   #38
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What a fantastic trip. Thanks so much for sharing. Great pictures and story.

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Old 10-07-2008, 11:46 PM   #39
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The Cap

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Momi, you get 100 extra points for wearing a LSU hat (Geaux Tigers). All the big boy play in the SEC.
Ride safe and more photos please.
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This is not a normal cap buyed in a shop: in Italy I play american football (not soccer) and I’m a really New York Giants fan. Ater every game in our championship, the coach give to some players a cap for a good performance

Me in action against Guelfi (Florence team)



against Barbari ( Rome team)



at the New York Giants camp in 2003 and against Gladiatori (Rome team)



my first Superbowl (sigh !) Giants-Ravens



my second Superbowl (yeah !) Giants-Patriots
before the game with my t-shirt I have a dream



after the final whistle

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Old 10-08-2008, 04:41 AM   #40
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i''ll tell you what, that tiki barber guy should be very proud of having a pic with ya!
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:05 AM   #41
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What the heck.

Are you sure you are an Italian, and not some football fanatic playing as an Italian? Great photos.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:05 AM   #42
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Are you sure you are an Italian, and not some football fanatic playing as an Italian? Great photos.
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:46 AM   #43
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Awsome

Great report.. thank you for posting.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:36 PM   #44
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Grazie

Momi

Fantastic report, sounds like you had a great trip. Will you be posting any pictures of the road home?

Thanks again

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Old 10-09-2008, 02:56 PM   #45
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Alma-Aty--->Kirghigistan

Wake up early and on the road again to reach Alma-Aty



a very little motorcycle driver





after some day the steppe became friendly









stop for lunch and some truck drivers invite me to their table and order the food: goat







the meat was excellent, fresh and biological







finally Alma-Aty. My hotel was near the university campus, three beds but I was alone in the room: fridge and television, but the kazahkstan new…little bit difficult to understand





the day after, first the bazar. Big or small the bazar is the hearth of this cities, you can find every kind of things and every kind of people.

















second stop to the Panvilov park





cathedral Zenkov



the guys with red t-shirt are from USA, but with kazhakstan parents: every year they come back in Alma-Aty and for two weeks they teach English to the kids for free, staging songs and funny scenes…obvius no jokes about president Karimov





military relax



mhhh soviet art ?





post wedding



some shot of the city







today is the 6th of august I’m going to the border with Kirghigistan, but crossing mountain in east direction, along A 351, direction Kegen











polish motorbikers…they look really more professional then me and my little DR







a bus stop














in the first afternoon finally, the border



at the kirghigistan office when they asked to me “ Where are you from ?” I began to sing “Lasciatemi cantare con la chitarra in mano” a really famous song of Toto Cutugno an Italian singer that everybody in central Asia know

this is Toto Cutugno and the title song is “L’Italiano”



ok, after the border the road is probabily going better ? Nooo told me a truck driver: rocks on the ground for 60 km (37 miles) until the first city, Tup



bad road, but beautiful landscape









biological honey !







end of rock and the lake Ysyk-Köl. I was thinking to reach the city of Balykchy on the west side of the lake, 190 km (118 miles): i was in contanct with two friends of mine that are travelling from Pakistan, China and now from the west of Kirghigistan in the direction of the lake. A little map can help to understand



tha lake







At 8,30 pm I reach Balykchy: just one motel in the middle of high-rises




The day after, with the cellular phone i know that my friends had big delay with taxi and bus and so they are in Bishkek: no problem wait, I’ ready to go and in 3 hour I can be in the capital.
First breakfast: water and bread. I have the time to explain to these two kid an italian play: The Week. You have to throw a pebble and jumping alternative on one and two foot go to take it and come back.
The child was little but she tried to do her best





I start and after one minute a pincture in the back wheel.
Really close ther’s a tyre changer but
  • He never saw a motorcycle like mine
  • He hasn’t right equipment: just some pipe wrench that use for almost the cars of Kirghigistan
I showed to him my equipment and he asked me the instruction book, but no picture. So he began to look with another man ( after 5 minute there are 10 people looking, speaking and sometime helping).









incredible after two hours everything was ok !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Start again












Bishkek



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