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Solo Through War-Torn Donbass ??

?? In 2014 the Ukrainian part of the Donbass erupted into a civil war. Separatists from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions took up arms and took control of Ukrainian towns all along the eastern region of the country. Eventually they were pushed back until they controlled just the cities of Lugansk and Donetsk and some surrounding villages. I went off to visit some of the towns that the Ukrainian army had re-taken along the front lines to see how life was progressing and to hunt for the ultimate Soviet mosaic…

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The Ukraine You’ve Never Seen before ??

?? There are plenty of videos on YouTube about Ukraine and they all show the same things; pretty churches in Kyiv, beaches in Odessa or Lviv’s incredible town square. But did we really learn about the country from those generic films? I don’t believe so. And so I wanted to travel off the beaten track and show you the real places and meet the real people of Ukraine away from the cliches. Oh and we will search for some Soviet mosaics too. Join me on an adventure in what may well be Europe’s friendliest and least understood country.

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Solo In Estonia’s East ??

?? We all know about Tallinn the vibrant capital of Estonia with its tech start-ups and modern infrastructure. It’s lauded as a miracle of the post-Soviet sphere and rightly so. But what about the rest of the country? Is that reaping the benefits of EU accession too? I jumped on a train heading east to find out…

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The Road To Karabakh

?? The Nagorno-Karabakh region which had been quiet for the last decade recently boiled over again when Azerbaijan mounted an attack which led to it conquering much of the territory it had lost in the previous war. I flew into a bitterly cold Yerevan in early January with the intention of heading down to the capital Stepanakert to see what was happening there since the war. Would I make it or not?

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Avoid This Man In Mexico ??

?? Hola todos! Culiacán, city of the Sinaloa cartel, cocaine and for a brief period, Diego Maradona. But the one thing they never tell you about is the orgasmatron lady of the city centre or the terrible table manners of Simon Wilson who barges into cafes throwing his Jugo Chavez all over the place. So if you see him coming to your restaurant and you are a waitress then avoid this man.

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Hunting The Caspian Sea Monster

In the 1960s American spy satellites photographed a huge leviathan craft docked in the Caspian Sea. The CIA dubbed it the Caspian monster. It was however a top secret Ekranoplan that was built for war. It remained in a naval dockyard under lock and key after the USSR collapsed until recently when it broke free and washed ups on a beach a few hours to the south near the Russian city of Derbent. I flew to Rostov and set off across the varied landscapes and cultures of Southern Russia in search of the infamous Caspian monster.

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Would You Drive This Mountain Road? ??

I left Kyrgyzstan’s worst hotel and headed towards the high peaks of the Ala-Too mountain range on my way towards the radiated town of Mailuu-Suu. And for once I had a friend with me. Join me on a Central Asian road trip…

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Inside Maylisuu: Central Asia’s Closed Uranium Town ☢️

The Soviet Union had a policy of closing towns and cities of strategic and military importance off to the outside world. Even non-Soviet residents could enter Maylisuu due to its Uranium mines which were so important to the nuclear weapons program. Well I decided to head to deepest Kyrgyzstan to see what a formerly closed city looked like back then and see how life was progressing now. Join me as I become one of the few foreigners to enter Maylisuu

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I Slept In Kyrgyzstan’s Worst Hotel ??

Ever wanted to know what life was like in mysterious Central Asia? Want to see what kind of hotel rooms a couple of $ will get you? Well join me as I drive across Kyrgyzstan in search of a town called Miley Suu and on the way meet a host of characters in the semi-abandoned villages of the country. Oh, and I found a nice apartment block for us all to move into.

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Trucking Through Sinaloa | Mexico’s Narco State ??

After a journey down from the altitude of Mexico City, we finally reached the tropics of Sinaloa. Home to the Sinaloa Cartel it is a place we had been warned not to visit, but I wanted to see Sinaloa behind the headlines. Was it as bad as we had been told or not? Join me on a road trip through Mexico’s narco state…