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Lessons from an Adventure Trip to Central Asia

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Last winter I wrote about an adventure trip I took with my son to Iraq. Our latest trip was to Central Asia, specifically the countries of Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

What lessons can an American learn taking the road less traveled to remote and exotic parts of the world?

The trip began with a call from my son, who works in the airline industry, and who has traveled to 151 countries thus far, asking me if I wanted to go on another adventure trip with him. Enthusiastically answering 'yes' but hesitating to ask where, I had to check a map to see where I would be traveling over our two-week jaunt.

He has visited most of the low-hanging fruit countries, so all that’s left are places no one has ever heard of, or else is afraid to go anywhere near. My friends thought once again I was crazy for going to the ends of the earth rather than to a normal tourist destination like Alaska or a large European city.

The U.S. State Department warned for both countries, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, of the dangers of terrorism and civil unrest, although on these trips, I feel far safer than I would venturing into nearby downtown Denver late at night or other American crime-ridden cities like Chicago, Baltimore, or Philadelphia.

Just like our trip to Iraq, we hired a car, driver, and guide to take us from Dushanbe, Tajikistan east into one of the most remote parts of the world, the Wakhan Valley between Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Driving along the Panj River, Afghanistan on the other side of the raging waters, gave a glimpse of........

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