Day two in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

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Hi Trekkers,

So we started out our Silk Road Journey tracing the goods that come over the border from China and end up for sale at the Karasu market, in Osh, Kyrgyzstan – a major trading hub in the region these days (and days of yore).  Traders from all over the region – Uzbekistan, Tajikistan etc, – come here to buy goods and then sell them, for a better price, further along the Silk Road route.

The closer you get to Europe the higher the price. We also filmed at the ‘bazaar’ and ‘horse market’ and learned about the ‘Celestial Horses’ a breed apart and so coveted by the ancient Chinese they were  indeed, around the time of Christ, a harbinger of the Silk Road. “We want those horses”! they said…”let the trading begin”!

Well that’s all to simplify a massive and fascinating story, but what better way to fill wee, wakefull, jet-legged hours so familiar to me on these early days of shoots. The call to prayer is lilting over the distance out my window. A welcome friend on this lonely morning…

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Holly Morris

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Day two in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Day two in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Hi Trekkers,

So we started out our Silk Road Journey tracing the goods that come over the border from China and end up for sale at the Karasu market, in Osh, Kyrgyzstan – a major trading hub in the region these days (and days of yore).  Traders from all over the region – Uzbekistan, Tajikistan etc, – come here to buy goods and then sell them, for a better price, further along the Silk Road route.

The closer you get to Europe the higher the price. We also filmed at the ‘bazaar’ and ‘horse market’ and learned about the ‘Celestial Horses’ a breed apart and so coveted by the ancient Chinese they were  indeed, around the time of Christ, a harbinger of the Silk Road. “We want those horses”! they said…”let the trading begin”!

Well that’s all to simplify a massive and fascinating story, but what better way to fill wee, wakefull, jet-legged hours so familiar to me on these early days of shoots. The call to prayer is lilting over the distance out my window. A welcome friend on this lonely morning…

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Holly Morris

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En route from Istanbul, Turkey, to Bishtek, Kyrgystan With Holly

En route from Istanbul, Turkey, to Bishtek, Kyrgystan With Holly

The good folks at Globe Trekker HQ have asked me to do a bit of blogging while we are out here in Central Asia filming the Silk Road show. (Part of our Round-The- World-Series celebrating 20 years of Globe Trekker.)  So blogging is the plan; though the first rule of shooting – and travelling – is that few things go to plan. But that doesn’t mean they go wrong.

Flooded out of a story in Paraguay? – the waters part and deliver another we hadn’t even considered. Got a flat tire in a far flung corner of Turkmenistan? –  you discover some surprising magic just off the road side.  So check in here over the next few weeks for missives from behind the scenes, little known trivia about this part of Central Asia, and tales large, small – and mostly true.

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Holly Morris

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