Travelling in the Ancient City of Samarkand, Uzbekistan (100+ Photos)

Due to constant tribal in-fighting and the advancements of ship technology, the ancient silk road became an impractical and unsafe method of transporting goods.

So, from 1720, Samarkand became a ruinous wasteland dotted by ancient architecture, with no one living there.

By 1865, the Russian empire had captured Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, and ran a railroad next to the city by 1888, at which point economic and cultural activities resumed.

From 1924-1934, the soviets had recaptured most territories of the old Russian empire, and made Samarkand the capital of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic.

The beauty of Samarkand falls unto its gigantic 14-20th century Madrassahs, mosques and tombs that were built during the empire of Amir Timur and his children.


The Ancient City of Bukhara, Uzbekistan (130+ Photos)

The history of Bukhara goes back about 2500 years, with the initial settlements of the Aryan people.

It was a major city within the Persian empire from 600 BCE, but eventually a Turkic population overthrew the locals.

By the 9th, and 10th century, the Samanid empire (an Iranian Islamic empire) conquered the city and Bukhara became the intellectual capital of the Islamic world.


Khiva, Uzbekistan Reminds Me Of The City in Aladdin, Agrabah (100+ Photos)

Khiva’s true rise to fame was through its intensive slave trade, at peak having over 30,000 Persian and Kurdish slaves, and 3000 Russian slaves kidnapped from the southern areas of Russia.

By the 1850’s the Russian government was well aware of it’s people being kidnapped in cities such as Orenburg. But at the time, the Tsar was busy consolidating his power in St. Petersburg and the rest of Russia.

By the early 1870’s, Russia used the pretext of ‘Russian slaves in Khiva’ to stage a strategic military advance and invasion (Although the real goal was to capture British controlled Afghanistan, and ultimately, India).


Getting A Visa To Uzbekistan, Exploring Tashkent And Uzbekistan History (100+ Photos)

Whichever way you look, Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5 countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan.

Since 1991, one man has basically controlled Uzbekistan, under a mostly dictatorship-style government, while initiating a post-soviet reformation from absolute chaos and anarchy.

As of 2017, a new president is now in office, and is seeking to liberalize the entire country by apologizing for past mistakes, giving large economic incentives for international investments, establishing communication presidents from other countries, and allowing the Islamic religion more room to flourish.

Within the next several years, Uzbekistan will most definitely be a prime tourism and investment destination for many foreigners.

Oh, and Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan 🙂


Kyrgyzstan City & Outback Adventures (100 Photos)

The flight from Almaty was less than $100 USD and took only 1 hour.

But upon trying to land the plane in Kyrgyzstan… we didn’t land, so the pilot made a big circle around the airport, and tried to land again… but couldn’t… for a total of 3 failed landing attempts.

After the 3rd failed attempt, tensions in the body were rising… would the plane have enough fuel to land in another airport? Were we going to crash and burn in the Kyrgyz mountains? 


BingAds Call Extension Update For 2018

If you are tired of playing around with Google Adwords, then maybe you’ve taken a look at BingAds?

While the amount of mobile traffic on BingAds is a fraction of Adwords…

It’s still there, and in many cases it’s cheaper traffic due to lower competition.

I’ve updated the BingAds tutorial to better reflect the current way to setup things up.


Adventures & History in Almaty, Kazakhstan (50+ Photos)

After my 3-4 day stop in Astana, Kazakhstan, I decided to take a $95 USD flight down to Almaty, Kazakhstan (the former capital of Kazakhstan).

You can either take a train for about 15 hours, or a 2 hour flight… Obviously the flight was the better option.

Long story short, I ended up staying in Almaty for almost a month, and had an epic adventure into the mountains of Shymbulak.


Introducing the Changelog

What I love about updating an APP on my phone or computer, or visiting a website, is learning about their latest Technical Changes, usually listed within the ‘Changelog’.

This was also going to be implemented back in August, since received a HUGE overhaul, and 2 REALLY big fixes.

But I personally love logging this stuff, and seeing the progress of a website/app/whatever. So let’s begin


Plyos, Russia – A Provincial Town For Art & Relaxation

Just like yourself, I had no idea what Plyos was, or why someone would go there. It is almost in the middle of nowhere in Russia, and has a very small population of about 2300 (according to wikipedia).

What you get to see in Plyos, is a beautifully scenic town by the river… old-Russian style.

About 120 years ago, a Russian painter from Moscow, Isaac Levitan, came across the hills of this town, and decided to start painting it all.

Upon displaying and selling his paintings back in Moscow, Isaac Levitan became incredibly famous, and the town of Plyos became a ‘Dacha’ or Cottage resort town.


The Ancient Russian City of Suzdal

In 1864, local merchants failed to convince the town to build the trans-siberian railway through it.

Thus the town remained a religious backwater village, and was bypassed completely by the industrialization of the 20th century.

The beauty of the town is in its reminder of an older time in Russian history, with its magnificent churches, and many wooden houses.


33 MORE AWESOME USSR/Communist Propaganda Posters

While exploring Moscow, I stumbled upon these amazing posters from mid-century USSR / Communist Russia.

These came from a time, when the media was completely controlled by the government. Thus they could shape, direct, and force the minds of millions of people in any direction they wanted.

Thus, one day the USSR is friends with Nazi Germany, and the next, they are bloody, savage, and ruthless enemies.