Category Archives: Silk Road

Photo Essay: Kashgar Animal Market

Kashgar, China, just south of Kyrgyzstan, west of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, near the Pamir Plateau, is a beautiful, dusty desert oasis town. And it’s old. Older than Paris. Maybe as old as Athens and Rome. The first recorded mention of … Continue reading

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Beautiful Photo: Night in Bhutan

I’ve been going back to right some wrongs in my photo editing. I don’t want to make an amateur self-diagnosis, but while we were in Afghanistan, I became deeply, deeply unhappy, angry, confused, distressed, and it took a long time … Continue reading

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Yak Butter Tea, Paro Bhutan

For me, one of the great joys of traveling is to eat weird food. What I like best about it is that at some point, some of it stops being weird food and becomes something that I occasionally cook myself. … Continue reading

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Darulaman Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan

© 2010 Brian H Neely Across the street from the National Museum, at the end of Darulaman Road, about 10 miles (16 km) from the center of Kabul, you’ll find Darulaman Palace. It was built in the 1920s by King … Continue reading

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Dome in the Blue Mosque, Mazar-e-Sharif

© 2010 BH Neely for US Dept of State In late August of 2010, I accompanied Rashad Hussain, the President’s Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Countries, to Mazar-e-Sharif. One thing that stood out for me was our visit … Continue reading

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