A Traveller On Horseback

A Traveller On Horseback In the late s Christina Dodwell moves from a Greek Easter into a chilly Eastern Turkish spring not improved for the cold and hungry traveller by the fairly strict observance of Ramadan Retreatin

  • Title: A Traveller On Horseback
  • Author: Christina Dodwell
  • ISBN: 9780340485286
  • Page: 231
  • Format: None
  • In the late 1980s, Christina Dodwell moves from a Greek Easter into a chilly Eastern Turkish spring, not improved for the cold and hungry traveller by the fairly strict observance of Ramadan Retreating east, she visits the buried cities and rock hewn churches of Cappadocia on the first of a number of hired, borrowed or bought horses, the ideal liberating companions for heIn the late 1980s, Christina Dodwell moves from a Greek Easter into a chilly Eastern Turkish spring, not improved for the cold and hungry traveller by the fairly strict observance of Ramadan Retreating east, she visits the buried cities and rock hewn churches of Cappadocia on the first of a number of hired, borrowed or bought horses, the ideal liberating companions for her unconventional style of travel.While the snow still clothes the eastern mountains, the Long Rider moves further east over the border into Iran, to a ranch breeding miniature Caspian horses near the Russian frontier, to the salt desert villages of the south east, and on into Pakistan for a visa renewal, the unity of her journey maintained by the fact that she is still within the confines of the Persian empire, as she celebrates the end of Ramadan in a festive village near the Afghan border.Back in Iran, she visits the crumbling grandiloquence of lost empires at Pasargad, Naksh i Rustam and Persepolis, as well as the trouble spots of yesterday and today in the valleys of the Assassins and Kurdistan But her journey reaches its happiest fulfilment back in Eastern Turkey when she buys a fine grey Arab stallion called Keyif the name aptly means high spirited Together they travel among snow caps, salt lakes, nomadic summer camps and lowland rice paddies, across mountain country from Erzurum to Lake Van, up the Russian border to Mount Ararat, and discover the unexpected pleasures and hazards of remote mountain life.The Sunday Telegraph has described Christina as a natural nomad and wrote of her courage and insatiable wanderlust Christina has the gift to communicate the zest for adventure, and even the occasional night in an Iranian police cell cannot dim her sheer delight in travelling to remote and challenging places.

    One thought on “A Traveller On Horseback”

    1. Christina Dodwell is one fearless lady to go journeying to Iran by herself, especially after the welcome she receives upon arrival. I enjoyed reading about her adventures and the way she immersed herself in different cultures. I wonder if she would be as brave travelling there in today’s volatile climate.

    2. It has been many years since I've read this book but it continues to resonate with me, much like Adam's Task by Vicky Hearn.

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