Fourteen International locations in 50 Days: One Kazakh Man’s Superb Motorcycle Journey Round Europe

Angelena Iglesia

ASTANA – One bike, one passenger and two heat summer season months to find new locations on one other nook of the continent. The story of Nurseit Niyazbekov, an assistant professor of the worldwide relations division at Almaty-based KIMEP College, impresses and evokes. Nurseit traveled to 14 European international locations, masking a distance of 17,000 kilometers from July 1 to Aug. 19.

Within the village Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. Picture credit score: Nurseit Niyazbekov

In an interview with The Astana Instances, Niyazbekov stated that the aim of his journey was fairly easy.

“This isn’t my first journey, however the function is all the time the identical – to see the world, expertise new feelings and meet new individuals. It might sound fundamental, however I actually loved my journey in the mean time,” stated Niyazbekov.

He stated that Turkey touched his coronary heart essentially the most. “I liked Turkey with my coronary heart and abdomen. I used to be there many instances, I communicate Turkish and I studied on the Turkish lyceum, so I felt like dwelling,” he stated.

When it comes to pure magnificence, he appreciated Switzerland essentially the most and Italy was the very best in his thoughts for strolling, consuming and speaking with individuals. 

“I used to be in Italy for the second time. Their meals was comprehensible and I felt very snug using my motorbike across the nation,” stated Niyazbekov.

Recalling which nation shocked him essentially the most, he stated it was Albania on account of its tradition, which is totally totally different.

Waterfront of Portofino, Italy. Picture credit score: Nurseit Niyazbekov

“Even the site visitors in Albania was totally different from all of the international locations I’ve been to. There have been no site visitors lights, individuals have a particular language and tradition is much past my grasp. Romania additionally shocked me by way of tradition,” stated Niyazbekov.

Niyazbekov stated he got here up with this concept roughly two years in the past, however he needed to postpone it as a result of pandemic.

“I noticed that governments began to open their borders, and determined to do it in late Might. Journey planning includes addressing a number of duties. The primary was, in fact, getting a Schengen visa. The second was arranging motorbike insurance coverage. It took essentially the most time as I waited for my visa for about three weeks. Then I despatched a bike from Almaty to Atyrau to not drive by our huge territory. I ought to say prematurely that coming back from Europe I drove it from Atyrau to Almaty,” stated Niyazbekov.

He famous the tough visa procedures. “Folks normally journey by airplane. As for me, I deliberate to cross many borders, subsequently I used to be requested to make a reservation for all inns on my route. I offered them with details about 17 reservations. I selected Italy as a result of my sister lives in Milan, and I deliberate to remain there longer,” stated Niyazbekov.

Moto service station in Tbilisi, Georgia. Picture credit score: Nurseit Niyazbekov

The place the journey started

Niyazbekov began his journey on a motorbike from Atyrau metropolis, which he selected to avoid wasting time. If he began from Almaty, it might take practically three or 4 days extra.

“This choice additionally saved my vitality and nerves. The street was lengthy, practically 2,500 kilometers. In fact, I additionally saved cash, though sending a bike from one metropolis to a different value roughly 50,000 tenge (US$108), and I had to purchase a ticket for the airplane from Almaty to Atyrau,” he stated.

The journey route throughout 14 international locations

Niyazbekov went from Atyrau to Astrakhan, then to Grozny, Vladikavkaz, Tbilisi, Batumi, Trabzon, Samsun, Ankara, and Izmir. He took a ferry in Izmir to go to Greece. Then he went to Athens, Albania and alongside the Adriatic Sea – to Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Italy.

He went to Italy by Trieste, then to Venice, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Genoa and Domodossola. From Domodossola he went to Switzerland, the place he stayed for 5 days.

Over the town of Kotor in Montenegro. Picture credit score: Nurseit Niyazbekov

“Throughout this time I visited the capital, and noticed the principle points of interest – lakes, peaks and passes. Then I went again to Italy, I went to the Dolomite Mountains, after which to Slovenia, the place my bike broke down. As soon as I repaired it, I drove to Slovakia, then to Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Türkiye. I got here dwelling the identical route,” he stated 

In accordance with him, the very best roads and roadside providers had been in Turkey and Italy, together with spots to eat, refuel, refresh and keep in a single day. Costs in Italy, nevertheless, had been increased than in Turkey. In Switzerland, the service was costly because the nation could be very small and roadside relaxation stops are uncommon.

Challenges whereas touring 

One of many challenges he confronted was his motorbike breaking down, which occurred twice, in Slovenia and in Georgia.

“Folks in Europe might sound barely egoistic, that’s the reason I used to be shocked to seek out out they cared about my issues. Seeing me alone on the roadside, they provided assist,” Niyazbekov stated.

One other problem was costly gas, which he related to the overall surge in the price of dwelling. 

Close to the Turkish-Georgian border. Picture credit score: Nurseit Niyazbekov

“I went to Europe for the primary time after the pandemic. I instantly paid consideration to the petrol value. I bear in mind these instances when petrol value 1.5€. The second factor that caught my consideration was the dialogue of politics and Ukrainian flags hanging in every single place. I observed a variety of automobiles with Ukrainian numbers, however I didn’t discover another main adjustments,” stated Niyazbekov.

Niyazbekov stated he was involved about his motorbike, as a result of for him, it’s a “technique of transport and a home.”

“If you wish to have the identical journey sooner or later, I need to say one factor: you shouldn’t be afraid. When you’ve got not discovered fellow vacationers, this isn’t a problem and impediment. The principle factor is to plan every part. That is much more fascinating. It opens up new alternatives. I used to be bored, particularly within the night, however the remainder of the time was fascinating  – each new day was not just like the earlier: new locations, new individuals,” stated Niyazbekov.

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Picture credit score: Nurseit Niyazbekov

Journey expertise

The journey round Europe is just not the primary journey expertise for Niyazbekov. He has traveled on a motorbike for 4 years. In 2018, he traveled throughout Central Asia and visited Tajikistan’s Pamir tract, the very best mountain street within the former Soviet Union, which is known amongst bicycle, motorbike and automobile vacationers.

In 2019, he traveled together with his good friend on motorbike to Altai, then to Mongolia and Baikal. In 2020, he didn’t go anyplace as a result of pandemic and in 2021, he had a solo journey to Kazakhstan’s Altai by Ust-Kamenogorsk metropolis, Katon-Karagai nationwide nature park, Bukhtarma water reservoir and Markakol state nature reserve.

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