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Sup /trv/,

At some point I promised to do a trip report of my trip to Afghanistan's Wakhan corridor and well, here it is after months of postponing. I first heard about the Wakhan through some overlanding/motorcycle website over a decade ago, and it has been nagging in the back of my head ever since, often more as a dormant idea but never entirely forgotten. The idea to visit the Wakhan again resurfaced to finally take concrete shape when a fellow countryman of mine released the movie 'Land of the Enlightened' (which I recommend), and I'd been looking for people to go with after I first saw it. Not an easy job: I have a good number of friends who were interested, but they either were working abroad, had injuries that prevented walking, didn't have money because they just purchased a house or whatever.

In the end, I ended up teaming up with a random German dude who posted in the comment section of some trip report. You may even be able to find that with some sleuthing. So without further ado, here's an Afghanistan thread.

Disclaimer: I have about 15 minutes left, so expect no further posts before tomorrow.
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>>1710237
Is Islam the worst part of their culture?
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>>1718333
Will get to it tomorrow hopefully. Been there four times so feel free to ask any questions. Even if I have no personal experience with whatever it is you might ask, I can most likely provide you with an answer.

>>1718368
Muslims generally consider a guest a gift from God, and my personal experience supports this, so I'd say no. That, and 'Islam' itself is too broad a concept to generalize and put down in black and white terms. Don't ask me what the actual worst part of culture may be, I'd have to go back and live with them for a good while to pinpoint that.

I do, however, suspect that much of their hospitality predates islamification - hospitality is nothing short of mutual life insurance in places where bad weather, lack of fuel or crop failure can easily kill you. The environment doesn't leave that big a margin of error for hostility. This most likely goes for a good number of their other customs - the place feels culturally very authentic.

Pic totally unrelated, but I don't have my HDD with pics on me, so have this picture of a cat I helped give birth to. She's a sweetie and lives with my parents.
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>>1718106
My authentic Afghan yak skull. Maybe I should hang it indoors so I can actually look at it.
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Hey, I just wanted to say that I really love your travel log and the photos that were taken. I really think something like this could belong in national geographic or something.

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Anyone else hate where they're from?

Hadn't been back to the UK for 5 years. Stayed 8 days. I get pretty down after day 2.

That was 2 months ago. Can't ever imagine going back except for a funeral.
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>>1721778
>Like in the book you have to kill yourself or leave.
This. But then the entire west. Brave New World is pretty much how the west is now.
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>>1721778
Sorry, are you suggesting that Texas is more 'Brave New World' than the UK?
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>>1718692
>Culture of "she'll be roight m8 fuck it", and "I've got mine fuck everyone else" from boomers has resulted in the most dysfunctional shithole ever
This is pretty much Australia wide and why I can't wait to leave one day:

>Housing market is a joke
>Job market is bad unless you want to do a trade
>"Bogan" culture
>"Tall poppy syndrome" or "crabs in a bucket" is a large part of our culture because people hate successful people her (which is why many just move)
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>>1720922
I'm not him, but North Philadelphia is well known for being very dangerous, lots of poverty, etc. Houses falling apart, gang members walking the streets, the homicide rate is higher there than most Central American countries.
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I'm 30 and tired of my shit job in my shit faggot cuckshed room in queens. What's a good career path to become a rootless cosmopolitan? I have an engineering degree but don't want to do that shit anymore

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>>1720397
It was fantastic, I absolutely want to go again. I did the Routeburn track which was awesome, but next time I would maybe do a less popular hike. The great walks are nice because the huts are convenient and really nice, but the trails have a lot of people on them especially when the weather is good.
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fuck filling in the Caribbean and central america
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R8
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>>1719891
needs more usa im 23 and >>1720432 is mine
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>>1717398
It's just validating to see a huge swathe of green on the map when you've spend three days in the capital city of a country.

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I'm 6'3.
Got off an international flight a couple days ago.
Are people who put their seats in full recline position the lowest form of life?
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>>1721725
Good.
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>>1721843
I also want to get on a plane full of buff men with throbbing cocks.
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>>1719081
>Modern airplanes are clearly not designed with tall people in mind.

They are designed with the goal of making money, thus the highest possible density is desirable. If that forces the tiny minority of people too tall for economy to fly business then that makes them even more money.
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>>1719606
Look for the middle east airlines. Qatar , Emirates and Ethiad are all class and have plenty of legroom
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>>1721856

This desu

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We need to talk about prostitution because half the threads go that way anyway. Pros for and against put them here.
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>>1721677
Delete this you stupid faggot.
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>>1721668
I don't actually know anything about those places and id never go there. i have end stage yellow fever
>>1721672
>>1721713
go somewhere else faggot.
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>>1721748
Dude that site actually has useful info. We dont need retards from here shitting it up. Despite being mostly boomer trash, the users are not troglodyte tards and put effort into their reports.
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>>1721851
yes, it is a great resource, now it will experience eternal summer because zoomers want to larp
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>>1721886
>>1721851
Nobody from here is going to sign up. Its just for lurking for info.

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Hello /trv/, I have ten days free coming up in December and think I will go to Budapest and Prague, five days in both. Has anyone else traveled to these two cities? Any recommendations for things to do? Nightlife stories? Are the people nice? I usually avoid cities and people, but I think it would be a waste to not take advantage of being on the Continent with so much free time. Traveling is about going out of your comfort zone anyway, right?
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>>1717469
I (from michigan) was in prague/bratislava and got handed lots of cabaret flyers. What is cabaret? The foreign guy I was with acted like it was real seedy, but the vibe I got was that it was like an american strip club but with better costumes, music, atmosphere, girls, etc. I.E. much less seedy.

Then again the strip clubs I've been to have been in fucking Michigan so all the girls do coke (at best) and meth (at worst) and are covered in trashy tattoos, so maybe my frame of reference is just borked.
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>>1719962
The Jewish ghetto is the best place to stay. Not memeing, it's central and reeks of cannabis and street food smells in the good sense. I stayed there, the street with the food caravan and I'll return there. The blue dots are places of interest.
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Which city is easier to score weed in?
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>>1719425
>How long should i stay?
Allocate heavy in favour of Budapest. The hot saunas are to-die-for in winter.
>Any hidden gems you found there?
Prague, Lehka Hlava. Great restaurant.
>>1720572
It's pretty much what you think it is. It's seedy by Euro standards.
>>1720608
Prague, but they're both easy. You'll get less fucked if you smoke in Budapest compared to the police state Czechia is becoming.
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OP here, I have finalized my stay to a week in Budapest and four days in Prague. Looking forward to the train ride between cities, and may take a day trip to Vienna. Thanks for all the help, and please continue with the suggestions!

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What can you tell me about life in Montana?
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>>1721864

alcoholism
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>>1721867
based

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hey guys
I am going to NZ for the first time with my GF and my good friend, what should we do there? so far we know that we want to do the Glowworm caves, the Franz-Joseph glacier, and Hobbiton. thanks for the input!
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>>1710576
Any decent bakery (or a pub if you really have money).

All the answers ITT are memeing.
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>>1714332
this is a great tip! got any favorites that you would recommend?
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>>1719260
>It's stereotypically what high schoolers drink because they're broke
thats the thing with living in resort towns like Queenstown; everyone's broke and on minimum wage.
Good luck finding a place to rent for under $300/week that isnt either a shithole or miles and miles out of town.
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>>1709438
lmao
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>>1709425
The Coromandel Peninsula is really, one of my favourite places

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does anyone else's entire life revolve around their next vacation/travel destination?
>went to thailand in 2017 for two weeks
>become obsessed
>paid off 40k of student loans in lightening speed
>saved up all my money to go back in 2018
>spent 6 months there
>came back in may19'
>spend every single day on /trv/, thaivisa, stickman blog, and r/pattaya
>live vicariously through other peoples travel experiences offering advice
>check hotel prices on agoda even though I won't be traveling for months
>make potential itineraries
>study the language that i wont be using for months
>have no fucking social life in the USA
When I go back im probably not gonna return to the US. I can't fucking stand it here anymore.
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>>1720626
>useless whiteboy immigrant ass
white people can't be immigrants. this entire world is ours. you sound like an angry, resentful POC rodent. stay mad.
>>1720641
i dunno. i'll check it out when im done laying waste to southeast asia. the bug people are really turning the screws and trying to expand their influence
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>>1720734
cringe, kys faggot
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>>1717932

Fucking idiot cant see the irony in his own post.
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>>1720734
>white people can't be immigrants. this entire world is ours

We act that way, don’t we? This privilege has been fading for the past 100 years, it’s not going to last forever. Might as well be one of the last generation to enjoy it
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>>1720883
based and elitepilled

Visiting Bali these days feels less and less as if you're experiencing some of Indonesia's many rich cultures.

Lines waiting to reach the summit of Mount Everest are causing serious safety concerns.

Eleven people died in this year's climbing season on Everest — and images posted to social media of huge line to reach the summit shocked many people. But while hundreds of people now reach the summit annually, many more just trek to Base Camp — leaving several tons of garbage and human waste behind. In sum: The world's highest mountain is being desecrated.

The climax of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" was filmed in Petra, Jordan. While it certainly is an impressive sight that can conjure all kinds of treasure-hunting fantasies, a lot of other people seem to have the same idea — crowds can be pushy, merchants even pushier (not to mention price gouges), and overall it can feel like anything but an escape from everyday life.

Real-life Dubrovnik is struggling against the horde of smartphone and selfie-stick-wielding tourists.

As ever-increasing numbers of celebrities, the ultra-wealthy, and even ordinary folks attend Burning Man each year in the Nevada desert, there's concern the event could be losing its way.

More people want to experience Berlin to the fullest. Rising rents and gentrification are also killing the vibe — plus, it's hard to make money from a club.

But all those fancy overwater bungalows in the Maldives are filled with tourists, not local people. The Independent reports that environmental impact is a concern, for one. And then there's the issue of climate change and rising sea levels — many of the nation's islands could be underwater before this century ends, according to The Telegraph.

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Fuck tourists they’re one of the principal reasons why most of Manhattan isn’t worth going to anymore. Tourists are the reason I don’t travel, even. I don’t want to be one
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>>1721620
stop pushing your shitty """news""" articles in countless new threads you fucking nigger.
If you want to read this shit archive here:
https://archive.is/pTwhG
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Why the fuck do you make these threads every day? We already got your point, and we hate uneducated tourists too. I'm surprised you haven't posted shit about planes and the environment yet again.
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>>1721620
when i see stuff like this. all i think to myself is "even if im a white guy stocking shelves in america im better off than 95% of the rest of the world"

About yourself, the world, other people etc.

>When you're away for a few weeks in a foreign country, it's fine to have a couple of days here and there to catch up, chill and back-up photos etc
>you don't need to be 'doing something' all the time - sitting with a coffee and people watching can be just as valuable as going to see a shrine or museum
>Value is not found in race/colour/herritage it's found in attitudes and the will to improve
>it's far better to judge people on the basis of their attitudes and values than where they are from etc.
>most if not all cultures have historically achieved amazing things and we are all truly on this ride together - feeling proud that the Persians did X, the Olmecs did Y and the Japanese did Z is a testement to mankind, not their individual nations or blood because our histories are all so deeply intertwined.
>Travel is not a way to run away from your problems nor a panacea for the soul. If there's something fucked up back home, deal with it.... running off to siberia isn't going to help
>most people consider travel as a thing they do when they have a chance to, in reality travel is something we all do all the time regardless of our actual locations. It's about learning and experiencing.
>people who post their shit on social media have little to no interest in actually doing something, it's usually FOMO or bragging.
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>>1721105
Kek.
Op here.
I mean that travelling to get away from home problems is not sustainable.

Fucking 35 Asian sluts a year is not going to make your dad emotionally abusing your family.


>some are better than others.
by what metric? I'm genuinely interested how to measure this subjectively
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/pol/ was right, travel is a jew scam and niggers are the stereotype no matter where they are.
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>>1721232
>travel is a jew scam
How did you figure that one?
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>>1721229
>by what metric?
Well, the most obvious metric to go by would be contribution to advancement within tech, medicine, philosophy, engineering and mathematics.

You know, the things that keeps us alive and brings humanity forward rather than settle for status quo (like one particular continent).
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>>1721286
How do you quantify that though?
Is there a culture that has achieved these things in isolation from everywhere else?

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Staying in NYC for 3 nights in January.
What cool things are there to do?
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>>1720026
Dude, Brownsville has already been gentrified by frat bros and hedge fund guys. East New York is where it’s at...wild club scene, restaurants, sexy Euro models, edgy but safe. I hate to spoil it by letting people in on Brooklyn’s best kept secret but it’s too good to miss.
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-Touching a gold bar in the vaut of the FED.
-Watching a taping of a late night show or a comedy club
-Going on board of a submarine at the Air, Space and Sea Museum.
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Come to Queens Jackson Heights which is the most diverse neighborhood in the 5 boroughs.
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>>1720078
Obviously this little bitch sits home playing games all day. Don’t listen to this cuck. What you like doing? I’d say check out Rockefeller time square. The east village is great for getting some NYU pussy. Ktown if you wanna eat like a king and go drinking after in mid town. Chealse and the high line are dope
Too
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>>1720262
>thinking you're going to get mugged

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Hello /trv/,

This is the first time posting on here, I've decided to travel solo to Ukraine in January. Is there anywhere that you guys would suggest to go?

I am unsure as to whether to hire a car/van and travel the country or stay within Kiev.

I have been to Chernobyl already and my Russian is conversational, but limited.

Thankyou /trv/
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>>1721079

Say's the faggot who probably has a neck beard and hasn't had a shag since last year, cheers bruv
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>>1721690
>say's
>say is
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Very enjoyable country but it was one of the hardest countries to get laid for me. Much harder than in the west.
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>>1721690
cringe
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>>1721746
How? Describe yourself

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I found photos of this city and thought it was very beautiful, I want to visit but the photos didn't have a name. Can anyone help identify the location? The houses on the hill are very pintoresque and I would love to visit thanks!
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Another photo of potentially the same city but am not sure.
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Nice try, stalker, you gotta move on

Let’s have a thread of China
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>>1720184
>wild rice
From your picture, I think you mean 高筍.
It's not technically the same thing as modern rice, it's a cousin of that species and it's eaten more for the stems (pic related) than the grains but I guess people eat that too. I've eaten the stems which are very common here but never seen a dish with the grains I don't think, I'm sure it exists though.

>>1721314
It's some sort of fried wild rice grains dish. Not common I don't think but I guess it exists. I'm assuming that's also chicken and some sort of flower.

>>1721322
>Even Tibet?
I haven't been there but everyone says that the scenery is lovely, the society dystopian and the food terrible. I've only had the food in Chengdu and that's awful.
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>>1721425
Winter is a bad idea unless you really have to. Summer can be pretty hot too. Go Spring or Autumn and stay away from the national week in October or Chinese New Year. Also check Chinese school calenders and make sure you're not in a school holiday.

Everything else depends on you:
Are you an experienced backpacker?
How Real-Traveller are you?
Do you speak or can you learn any Chinese?
How much uncertainty in arrangements can you tolerate?

My rough advise would be to go to Hong Kong, bum around there for a few days while you get a no-questions-asked visa, then cross into Shenzhen, work your way along the south to Yunnan, go up the banana pancake trail to the tibetan plateau (still in Yunnan, so no permits needed), head over to Chongqing, climb Ermei Shan on the way, hook up with other backpackers in Chongqing and take a boat cruise down the Yangtze to Wuhan, train to Beijing, see the wall and Forbidden City, fly home.

Something like that would work ok but you'd need to book your return flight after you got your visa probably since if you don't get it, you're going to turn around and go to Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos/Thailand instead.

There's a tonne of things you'll miss in China on this trip but one month is just scratching the surface, no time to see all the major sights.
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>>1721436
>chicken and some sort of flower
pork and mushrooms apparently.
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>>1717814
Lol thought this said Child General

>not like I care about anything you manchildren have to say anyway
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>>1721314
It’s called pilaf.


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