Author(s): Ian D. Robinson
Fascinating, highly readable tales of travels in the troubled land of Afghanistan by award-winning New Zealand travel writer Ian Robinson. Tourists in Afghanistan are rare: very few have the courage to travel there in today's uncertain and tense times. But, in 2008, Ian Robinson ventured into the hustle, bustle and dangers of the streets of Afghanistan's cities and towns. He also went alone, on horseback, into the sparsely populated northern-eastern regions of the country. Compelled by a romantic desire to find the 'old' Afghanistan and beguiled by ancient tales of Mughal emperors, the traders on the Silk Road and nomadic yak herders, the Afghanistan Ian found was both challenging and enchanting, in parts frightening, in parts infuriating, but an experience he knows he will never forget.
Ian Robinson has explored much of Central Asia, South America and the Far East, and has travelled to and written about some of the most isolated and uncompromising parts of the world, including the high grasslands of Mongolia (Whitcoulls/Travcom Travel Book of the Year, 2005) and mountainous Tibet. He has also written about quieter places closer to home - journeys exploring and rediscovering the beauty and history of the Coromandel Peninsula, the Hauraki Gulf and, most recently, the Waikato River. Ian lives in Auckland, New Zealand.