The Wakhan Corridor

February 20, 2013 at 23:56

Wakhan Corridor

Today I read an article at National Geographic about the Wakhan corridor and the nomads who still live in there. This region belongs to Afghanistan since 1893, when  Britain paid Afghanistan to create this buffer zone between the British India and the Russian Empire. But after the rising of communism in Russia and China, the frontiers became sealed, deeply affecting the life of its nomad inhabitants.

I’m fascinated about how the Kyrgyz nomads can survive at more than 4200 meters above sea level, moving from the north to the south face of the mountain range depending on the season. Furthermore, I can’t imagine how overwhelmed Marco Polo felt when he visited the region in the 1200s…

National Geographic. a family yurt in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor.

There is an excellent image gallery here from the Varial and Nadjari 2011 expedition.

I’m becoming more and more interested in Central Asia as long as I’m reading about the region, its old history and its pristine nature. How beautiful will stars shine from there?

Neil Gaiman’s best advice

September 26, 2012 at 22:57

Thanks to my friend and workmate trikitrok, I discovered a keynote address given by Neil Gaiman, best known for being the author of The Sandman. During that keynote Neil gave an advice, in my opinion, really inspiring:

People keep working, in a freelance world, and more and more of today’s world is freelance, because their work is good, and because they are easy to get along with, and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. They’ll forgive the lateness of the work if it’s good, and if they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as the others if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

The complete keynote can be found here.