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Looking for traveling companions (a guest post and want ad)

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guestpostfeatToday, something different.
Carlos, one of the regular readers here on Karavansara, is looking for companions for a trip along the Silk Road.

Check out his plan, and if you’re interested, use this blog’s contact form (up in the right corner of this page), and I’ll get you in touch with Carlos.
Now, I leave the stage to him, so he will illustrate his plan…

I had a dream

When I was working in China, back in the nineties, when China was somehow opening to Western Industry, I often told my agent that I would like to travel through the Takla Makan.

Of course, being Chinese, my agent told me that he would be glad to organize the trip for me, and that we could go together, “when the right moment came”. And, of course, right moment never came. Either it was winter (too cold) or summer (too hot), or autumn (this autumn the moon is red, and we cannot travel under these circumstances), and of course, spring is the peak time for business.

So, I never fulfilled my dream.

Now I wonder if the moment has not arrived. I love deserts, I love to travel, I love adventure (but not too much), and I seek people with same interests.

I would like to go from Xian to Kashgar, through the South Route (more or less the route that Ella and Peter followed), in a three week trip, using local transportation if possible.

My itinerary is open, dates too, although I agree with my agent that summer is too hot and winter is too cold.

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The idea, more or less, is to take a train from Beijing to Lanzhou, or a plane from Shenzen to Lanzhou (quite less expensive than from Hong Kong), and then, once in Lanzhou, see how to arrive to Cherchen (bus? shared taxi? group minibus?), through the South shore of the Kokonor,  from Cherchen to Niya and Hotan, following Ella and Peter route, and then, if possible, due North, through the desert  (probably via shared taxi) to Aral, then in Aksu, to jump on a train to Kashgar. From there, plane back.

I am not an adventurer, although I am not afraid if I need to sleep in a truck stop or to use communal toilets, where to have a bit of conversation while doing our business 🙂

I look for one or more travel companions that may share my love for the deserts and photography, and my longing for something different than a camel tour near the Pyramids. Traveling in China is rather frustrating, so, previous experience in China would be a plus.

You are readers of this blog, that means that you may also feel this tickling in the stomach when you see photographs like these, taken in the North of Chile.

Why not to give a thought to my dream? you can contact me through this blog.

Carlos, from Barcelona


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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