Memorable Expeditions

Exploring Scott Tay’s Adventures from Mongolia to Uzbekistan In Photos

The founder of bespoke travel consultant Beyond Expeditions reflects on his global adventures through six of his favourite travel photos.

Exploring Scott Tay’s Adventures from Mongolia to Uzbekistan In Photos
The blue tilework of Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand.

Peshawar, Pakistan

Peshawar, the oldest city in Pakistan, is famous for many things, including its lamb dishes. In this photo, Peshawari boys lovingly embrace their lambs. Beautiful.

Peshawari boys and their lambs in Pakistan.
Peshawari boys and their lambs in Pakistan.

Kathmandu, Nepal

There are many unsung heroes in the world, quietly doing their jobs and contributing to society. She deserves our gratitude. Thank you for keeping Kathmandu clean.

One of Kathmandu's unsung heroes.
One of Kathmandu’s unsung heroes.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The tilework in Shah-i-Zinda, a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, is magnificent and represents one of the oldest continually constructed historical sites in the world. It began with a simple building more than a thousand years ago, with more added on until the 19th century. I captured this picture during a moment of solitude.

The blue tilework of Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand.
The blue tilework of Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand.

Meeting her was one of the highlights of my expeditions because of her values and beliefs. I remember her telling me, “I will always stand by my Gypsy roots, and I will always help out one of my own.”

A woman who shared with Tay that she felt a deep sense of pride in her roots.
A woman who shared with Tay that she felt a deep sense of pride in her roots.

Gobi Desert, Mongolia

It was super heartwarming to have this kind Mongolian grandma prepare our ger or yurt, a portable, circular dwelling, to keep us warm and toasty when it was -40 degrees Celsius out there in the middle of the Gobi Desert!

Kind grandma in Mongolia.
Kind grandma in Mongolia.

West Mongolia

I took this photo of a Kazakh boy and his golden eagle in West Mongolia. Seeing them together reminded me of this quote: “We have to count on each other. There’s no me or you. It’s us together. Always.”

A Kazakh boy and his golden eagle in West Mongolia.
A Kazakh boy and his golden eagle in West Mongolia.

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