Cartoonist’s ‘Stan Trek 2009’ Could Transport Travelers to Central Asia

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By: E&P Staff

Cartoonist/author/syndicate executive Ted Rall may be leading another trip to the “Stans.”

In 2000, Rall took 23 listeners to his radio show on KFI in Los Angeles to Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. One of the chapters of his “Silk Road to Ruin” book described that trip, which became sort of a reality show on KFI and NPR’s “The Savvy Traveler.”

The Universal Press Syndicate cartoonist/Association of American Editorial Cartoonists president-elect has received a number of requests to do another Central Asian trip, which was just announced on Rall’s blog.

Here’s some of the “Stan Trek 2009” info: five to six weeks next summer, limited to 15 spots, about $10,000 a person (just for transportation). Destinations: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and maybe Turkmenistan.

Rall — who’s also acquisition and development editor for United Media — described the proposed journey as “a guided rock-n-roll trip through the most fascinating and difficult place on earth to travel. Possible bonus threat: You might be filmed for a reality-TV show…. Tolerance for dicey foreign food required.”

For more information, Rall’s blog can be seen here.

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