Bad Roads and Blue sinks

bad roads and blue sinks

After harrowing night drive over large mountain pass with bleary-eyed Kyrgyz driver who warned us against it (“roads bad!”), we arrived to no hotel.   Exhausted at 1 a.m. in a murky little border town that services trucks coming from China and heading West roughly along the same network of trade routes as the old Silk Road.  A grim situation I think you’d agree,  as we all silently contemplated a night in the bus. Finally, we found the Sunrise Guesthouse, and got a cot, and dropped unconscious.

I find that these shoots are filled with emotional and physical troughs and peaks….and sure enough the next morning we swing up.

Way up.

Awake to a stunning view of high-altitude peaks of China, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan. Do unusual opening piece to camera for show in front of a little blue outdoor sink… with China in the background.

Silk Road road trip part 2 begins!

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Holly Morris
Kyrgyzstan

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Bad Roads and Blue sinks

Bad Roads and Blue sinks

After harrowing night drive over large mountain pass with bleary-eyed Kyrgyz driver who warned us against it (“roads bad!”), we arrived to no hotel.   Exhausted at 1 a.m. in a murky little border town that services trucks coming from China and heading West roughy along the same network of trade routes as the old Silk Road.  A grim situation I think you’d agree,  as we all silently contemplated a night in the bus. Finally, we found the Sunrise Guesthouse, and got a cot, and dropped unconscious.

I find that these shoots are filled with emotional and physical troughs and peaks….and sure enough the next morning we swing up.

Way up.

Awake to a stunning view of high-altitude peaks of China, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan. Do unusual opening piece to camera for show in front of a little blue outdoor sink… with China in the background.

Silk Road road trip part 2 begins!

 

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Holly Morris
Kyrgyzstan

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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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