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Back to Serabulak

View Larger Map (June 3, 2007) Today we made the journey from Samarkand to Bukhara, with one very important stop along the way. About two hours into our bus ride, we took a detour to see the village of Serabulak.…

The Road to Samarkand

View Larger Map (June 2, 2007) We spent all day Wednesday in transit from Ukraine to Uzbekistan. We spent the day Thursday touring Tashkent. An earthquake in 1966 destroyed much of the old city. This meant that many structures of…

The Last Mennonite in Molotschna

View Larger Map (May 30, 2007) 11:00am – On Tuesday we visited the Molotschna villages southeast of Zaporozhe. The Mennonite colonies here covered a couple of hundred of square miles with dozens of villages. A majority of the participants had…

Zipping through Zaporozhye

View Larger Map (May 28, 2007) 9:00am – This is the second full day of the journey. We are visiting sites in Zap, as well in in the former Mennonite colonies of Chortitza and Rosenthal on the Dnieper River. The…

Kiev at Dawn

View Larger Map (May 27, 2007) 7:55am – I got up at about three hours ago to walk around the city gathering video of Kiev at sunrise. It’s unseasonably hot (35°C/95°F). However, the city is clean, the people are relaxed –…

Retracing the trek

Every once in a while, it’s good to retrace our steps. In many ways, that’s exactly what Pilgrims on the Silk Road is all about. Over the next few days I will be posting the journal entries from our journey…

Documentary DVD

With the book coming out soon, consider picking up a copy of the documentary as well. It’s available at Amazon.com, or at the documentary’s website. Right now, I am lining up some screenings to coincide with the release of the…

Silk Road pilgrimage slideshow

John Sharp, the Hesston College historian who led the last two Mennonite tours to Khiva, has a great slideshow online from his presentation at the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan. It has lots of maps and photos about the story.…

Great Trekker Website

Norman Epp is an old friend from our journey in 2007 to retrace the Mennonite migration to Central Asia. His great-grandfather was Claas Epp Jr. You can see quite a bit of him in the documentary “Through the Desert Goes…

Christianity on the Silk Road

Hundreds of years before the Mennonites trekked into Central Asia, a group of Christians known as Nestorians lived along what is known today as the Silk Road.In a few weeks, Dr. Charles Stang of Harvard University is presenting a talk…