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Central Asia   14 Jan, 2015, 12:48
Into the heart of rural Azerbaijan  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins leaves Baku and heads to the interior of the country, to the mountain village of Lahic, where everyone assumes he’s just another Russian.

Africa   29 Dec, 2014, 12:21
Humans, not animals are Mozambique’s greatest asset  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins doesn’t find any wildlife on his safari south of Maputo. But he does find great beaches, fantastic people and a fascinating history.

Africa   29 Nov, 2014, 11:45
Mauritania’s desert city now drowning in sand  
David Jenkins

Chinguetti is Mauritania’s number one tourist attraction, an ancient city that thrived in the era of caravanserais. David Jenkins, however, finds he’s the only tourist in a rising sea of sand.

Africa   29 Oct, 2014, 11:24
In search of nightlife in not-so-wild Nouakchott  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins tries – and fails – to find excitement in Mauritania’s sandy capital. Too late now to tell him that had he asked a taxi driver to take him to a ‘Zaire Consulate’ alcohol could have been found.

Central Asia   15 Oct, 2014, 11:03
Stunned by the sights of Samarkand  
David Jenkins

Once important as a major part of the historic Silk Road, Uzbekistan makes a huge play of its heritage. After feasting on mosques, minarets, museums and medrassas, David Jenkins finds a new ‘m’ to wonder at: mausoleums.

Central Asia   29 Sep, 2014, 10:37
A toast of vodka for every bird species seen  
David Jenkins

In a remote homestay in rural Kazakhstan, David Jenkins plans his birdwatching visit to the Korgalzhyn wetlands. A Kazakh safari, however, turns out to be nothing like its African equivalent.

Africa, Asia Pacific   14 Sep, 2014, 14:51
Lazy days on La Digue, the Seychelles’ third island  
David Jenkins

Most visitors to the Seychelles stay on the two largest islands, Mahé and Praslin. David Jenkins, on the other hand, slips back a gear on the tiny sleepy third island, of La Digue.

Europe   29 Aug, 2014, 09:40
Luxembourg City, a big capital for a little country  
David Jenkins

Luxembourg is not an obvious tourist destination. Small, rich and bureaucratic is the stereotypical image that comes to mind. But David Jenkins finds it’s a tremendous place.

Central Asia   14 Aug, 2014, 10:26
Perhaps the only tourist in Kazakhstan’s biggest city  
David Jenkins

Arriving in Almaty feels a bit like landing on the moon. Richest of all the ‘Stans, the Kazakhs have money and plenty of it. David Jenkins finds the sudden affluence something of a challenge.

Central Asia   29 Jul, 2014, 10:02
A sudden Tajik wedding in downtown Dushambe  
David Jenkins

The capital city of Tajikistan doesn’t often get Western visitors. But David Jenkins, on his tour of ten-letter countries, finds he fits right in.

Europe   7 Jul, 2014, 13:54
Always time for a drink in part of Montenegro  
David Jenkins

There is a village in Montenegro that will always harbour a trace of Melbourne. Though the food is questionable the home-made alcohol does much to ease the pain.

Central Asia   28 Jun, 2014, 17:55
The unexpected pleasures of hiking in Kyrgystan  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins is having a jolly hike up a Kyrgyz mountain but then it rains. And that turns to hail. And the porter falls in a river. With all his dry clothes.

Central Asia   14 Jun, 2014, 17:25
A day in the saddle in the mountains of Kyrgystan  
David Jenkins

The romance of the Silk Road might survive Bishkek but it doesn’t reach out to the small town of Kochkor. Things get worse when David Jenkins signs up to experience life as a Kyrgyz herder.

Africa   7 Jun, 2014, 11:14
Even your trousers get stolen on the Rue Pompidou  
David Jenkins

Dakar is Senegal’s capital and a very scary place. When David Jenkins’ trousers are torn from his legs he realises that, until then, he hasn’t really understood what it meant to be ‘ripped off’.

Central Asia   31 May, 2014, 13:11
A Sheki introduction to rural Azerbaijan  
David Jenkins

In the little town of Sheki in central Azerbaijan David Jenkins finds a charming hostess/guide and an unexpected link with Scandinavia.

Central Asia   28 May, 2014, 16:27
To spit or not on the streets of Dhakar  
David Jenkins

There are countries and cultures where spitting is acceptable – in some it seems almost compulsory. In Bangladesh David Jenkins decides it should be made a capital offence.

Africa   28 Nov, 2012, 19:35
Dial-a-Lemur tourism in Madagascar’s highlands  
David Jenkins

On his journey around the world’s ten-letter countries, David Jenkins stops off in Madagascar and takes time to track down its iconic wildlife.

Central Asia   19 Oct, 2012, 14:56
Terrified by a taxi on a Bangladeshi road  
David Jenkins

In his quest to visit every ten-letter country, David Jenkins flies into Bangladesh. As floodwaters wash out most of the south he feels fortunate to be heading north – but the day-long journey proves somewhat traumatic.

Central Asia, Europe   19 Jun, 2012, 22:13
Thoroughly washed in a Kazakh bath-house  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins take the plunge into the local bathing habits while heading through the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.

Central Asia   14 Apr, 2012, 11:28
A chilly welcome at the Kyrgyz border  
David Jenkins

David Jenkins, the Alphabet Traveller, has already written a book about four-letter countries and is now tackling those whose names are ten letters long. The logic of this rather eludes customs officials in Kyrgyzstan who think it’s more likely that drugs are involved.

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