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4 July 2014 / leggypeggy

The challenges of the blog

wilds of Kyrgyzstan

Not much wifi out here

I would love to be able to post every day or so, but I am once again remembering how hard it is to run a blog from Central Asia.

Last time we came this way, in 2011, we didn’t visit Iran, so it was a surprise last month to discover that the country blocks almost everything from the outside world. No blogs, no social media sites, no news sites, no newspapers (although I found a couple they still don’t know about), no PayPal, no social justice sites and on and on and on.

When I tried to access a no-go page, the computer would display a page of Persian explaining, I suppose, that they ‘were sorry but this page is unavailable’.

So while I could view this blog for almost three weeks, I could never log-in to update it. My cooking blog, on the other hand, has ‘wordpress’ in its url, so it was a complete no-go page. Apparently that pesky word ‘press’ is what makes a food-related blog so suspicious.

We hurried through Turkmenistan so quickly—thanks to new rules at the border—that I didn’t even have a chance to find out if internet was available there. Three years ago I found it on the top floor of a shopping mall in Ashgabat, where I could pay for the privilege of trying, but it never worked.

Uzbekistan was a welcome surprise this time. In 2011, almost everything was blocked there, but this time I could access every site I tried. The main problems were that wifi wasn’t widely available, connections were super slow, and the power went out regularly.

The wifi service at our small hotel in Samarkand hadn’t worked for some time. But it wasn’t working at the upmarket hotel down the road either.  After a couple of tries at the posh place, I convinced the waiter (I bought a beer to justify my attempt at wifi) to re-boot the router. When that didn’t work, I suggested they get someone in to fix it, but the waiter said the problem was outside not inside the hotel. Perhaps both hotels were affected by the same overall problem.

Kyrgyzstan countryside

Driving beyond the world of wifi

We arrived in Kyrgyzstan last week and I’m still figuring out what is available and where. We’ve been in a couple of very small towns with no obvious internet, although some say they have it at home.

When we were last in Kyrgyzstan, nothing was blocked, but the only connection of any kind that we found was in an upmarket restaurant in Bishkek, the capital.

That restaurant has become a very expensive steakhouse with no wifi. But internet cafes are scattered around town, and our comfy hostel has reasonably decent wifi when I sit on the roof.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be working our way around the country, camping most nights, and I probably won’t have a connection again for at least a week.

So in the meantime, thanks for following, for understanding the setbacks I face, and for coming back often to check. And apologies to those of you whose blogs I follow. Blogs are slow to load and often the ‘like’ and ‘comment’ buttons never load. Guess I’ll have a lot of catching up to do when I get home in August.

 

 

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  1. lambsearsandhoney / Jul 4 2014 4:22 pm

    Breathtaking photos, Peggy. I’m squirming with envy, but do keep the posts coming!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:23 am

      Thanks! The scenery is breathtaking, which makes the photography easy. 🙂

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  2. pagedogs / Jul 4 2014 10:57 pm

    The photos are stunning. And I thought it was difficult to get posts out from Canada . . . I’m flattered that you used some precious access time to send some “likes” my way. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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  3. wineandhistory / Jul 5 2014 3:09 am

    I look forward to reading, whenever they get posted. I don’t post while on vacation, so it doesn’t matter to me if they are weeks, or months later.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:24 am

      Thanks. I have a ‘decent’ connection for a couple of days and hope to get a few entries posted.

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  4. Kenny2dogs / Jul 5 2014 5:32 am

    Someone must have access to the internet in Kyrgyzstan, I received a hit from there a couple of days ago. Hope you are well my intrepid friend 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:25 am

      Kyrgyzstan has internet in the major towns, but we’ve been travelling and camping in remote locations. Stay tuned for photographic evidence. 🙂

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  5. skippersy / Jul 5 2014 6:13 am

    Peggy, the first photo “Wilds of Kyrgyzstan-Central Asia” is one of your best photos…. !
    Sy S.

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    • Sy S. / Jul 11 2014 10:45 am

      P.S. Double click on the first photo (“Wilds of Kyrgystan-Central Asia” ) and it will expand into a full screen image. Then click on the image again and it will zoom in on areas… Beautiful Photo!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:26 am

      Hi Sy, Thanks for the praise and thanks also for letting people know to click on the image. 🙂

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  6. The Lu Life / Jul 5 2014 1:23 pm

    Although you don’t get good wifi, at least you get amazing views! Look forward to your next post, whenever that is! Safe travels!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:27 am

      The views truly are sensational. Will be posting more pics today.

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  7. simpletravelourway / Jul 5 2014 4:37 pm

    We’ll be looking forward to catching up when you get back in August!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:27 am

      I’ll be posting as much as possible during July—internet permitting. 🙂

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  8. Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life) / Jul 5 2014 5:46 pm

    Beautiful photos!! I cannot believe Iran blocks so much, such a shame. I have heard the countryside is beautiful though xxx

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  9. NoraLeBlanc / Jul 5 2014 9:26 pm

    Love reading about your travel

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  10. Carol Croce / Jul 6 2014 5:06 am

    Thanks for making the effort to post Peggy! I look forward to your entries for the fascinating narrative about places I only dream of visisting and the spectacular photos.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:29 am

      Thanks Carol, hope to get a few more done today.

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  11. gallivance.net / Jul 6 2014 9:09 pm

    Ahh Peggy, the challenges of finding wifi. As travelers we understand. We’re really enjoying all the posts you’ve managed to upload. Just keep enjoying the journey and snapping those great pics. 🙂 ~Terri

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 11 2014 11:30 am

      Sometimes I feel like an internet–wifi ‘slut’. Am also always on the lookout for a point-power that works. 🙂

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  12. MyKabulKitchen / Jul 10 2014 7:38 pm

    Good for you for blogging through out your travels!! My excuse is much less exciting, life just catches up to you! Pictures are beautiful please do try to post when you can 🙂

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  13. aiyshah2014 / Aug 9 2014 1:54 pm

    Thanks for the interesting updates on these countries. I knew Iran was a no go. Plus glad to hear Uzbekistan has progressed, I have some IT Uzbek friends and they are quite upbeat about the place these days. But what about Tajikstan, did you go there? what was the internet like there?

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 10 2014 5:55 pm

      My blog may not be available for updating, but Iran is a fabulous country to visit. It can be hard, but not impossible, for Americans to get visas. We’ve been to Uzbekistan twice in the last three years and thoroughly enjoyed it. Still haven’t made it to Tajikistan, but I hear good things about it.

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  14. David / Jan 19 2015 12:24 pm

    Pictures are very nice. Post-cardlike.

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