Law of the nomad

I was traveling through the Hunza Valley in Pakistan one night when it was getting too late to continue, my Jeep driver pulled into the next town and wanted to stop for the night.
We ended up staying at the biggest piece of shit hotel I have ever ever stayed, it was seriously filthy, I didn’t want lay down or touch a thing.

As I signed in, I checked the guest register to see who else had passed through, low and behold, an Australian couple a month eariler!
Then I had a closer look and realized someone had just screwed the dates up. They were here right now!

A couple of door knocks later, and thats how I met Steele and Amber.

Me in that shitful hotel. Gupis, Pakistan.

There’s people who travel, and then there’s people who travel.

That evening in hotel shit was over a year ago now, since then, Steele and Amber have crossed over land from Pakistan, through Iran, the Caucasus’s, up through the Balkans and into Europe.
We were even both in Iraq at the exact same time but didnt know it.

Similar to my trip your thinking?

Before Pakistan, they had traveled a previous 6 months overland from Indonesia, and right now have ventured to far West Europe, and heading South through Africa.

So it was awesome to catch an email from them saying they would be intown for a few days!
Life threating illnesses, bus rides from hell, which are the best antibiotics? what happened to him? did you get to that place? how did you survive this? keep in touch with home? remember when the killed the goat in the backyard?
We talked shit for days. It was great.

Amongst their musical talents, Steele happens to be quite the sketch artist, Amber flicked me his book and I took a few snaps.
Below are some of my favorites.

All the best guys.

Hunza Sheppard, Pakistan

Gilgit Kebab Man, Pakistan

Iraqi Men

Street Types, Iran

Family Picnic, Iran

Business Men, Iran

Chai Wallah, India

Riding Trains, India

the common Drunk, Georgia

Nerde Players, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Caviar..

Baku Oil-Field, Azerbaijan

Street Folk, Armenia

Steele, S/P

46 Responses to “Guests”

  1. 1 Ceslie Rossi October 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    The sketches are great! I haven’t cheked in for few, does this mean (gulp) the trip is ……..? I can’t even bear to say it. It’s been amazing. Thanks for everything! Keep my name for what’s next
    good times ahead!
    Ceslie Rossi

  2. 2 carpathianpeasant October 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Fantastic pictures. They are worth money.

    Tell them thank you for sharing.

  3. 3 travelingmad October 20, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I agree.

    These pictures are amazing. Really good work!

  4. 4 lifeintheboomerlane October 20, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Your first line had me hooked, and the drawings are fantastic. What a great post!

  5. 6 runtobefit October 20, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Great drawings!! What an experience you have had!!

  6. 7 Ammon October 20, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Wow, your pictures tell some great stories. How and why did you pick those particular places for travel? I would hazard a guess that they aren’t on many of our “must see before dying” travel lists.

  7. 8 ryoko861 October 20, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Wow, to travel the globe like that! Amazing!

    Awesome drawings! What a talent! Thanks for sharing! Really!!

  8. 9 Dane October 20, 2010 at 12:58 am

    That is so fucking rad!

  9. 10 thejamminjabber October 20, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Did you guys find Osama yet?

  10. 11 wineguider October 20, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I loved the common drunk sketch!

  11. 12 Mikalee Byerman October 20, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I love the juxtaposition between such serious settings and yet almost cartoonish features and caricatures. Beautiful work! 🙂

  12. 13 munira's bubble October 20, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Aw shucks. I’m sorry you had to stay at such a crappy hotel in Hunza :/ But hey, you’d never have run into that Australian couple otherwise, and we would never have gotten to see these cool drawings! So it’s all good….right? Especially since it got you FP’d!!
    Jolly good show I say!

  13. 14 CrystalSpins October 20, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I like the “Street Folk, Armenia” photo with the watermelons on one side and the saggy breasts on the other. I don’t know if it was on purpose or if it was meant to be humorous, but I laughed.


  14. 15 earthymind October 20, 2010 at 3:26 am

    great sketches…loved the street types sketch esp.

  15. 16 yesitiswell October 20, 2010 at 3:28 am

    LOL, I think that the trains in India are WAY more crowded than portrayed in that sketch. Well, that’s okay, artists’ lee way , lol spelling?

  16. 17 notesfromrumbleycottage October 20, 2010 at 4:26 am

    I enjoyed the drawings, it forces my brain to think differently about other countries.

  17. 18 everythingneat October 20, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Congratulations on being on Freshly Pressed! Thank you for sharing those wonderful sketches of everyday life. It’s always great to meet interesting people in our travels and share stories of our adventures. All the best as you continue to explore the world.

  18. 19 bhpminniefrancia October 20, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Hey these are such great drawings

  19. 20 Jenna October 20, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Really amazing drawings. I love the vibrant colors!

  20. 21 Donna October 20, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Amazing! Great post.
    I admire the ability of the few to travel like true wanderers. I tell myself that if I just didn’t have the kid, or the car, or the rent, I would love to pick up and let the wind take me.
    But I do have the kid, and the car, and the rent. They keep me safe in my bubble, temporarily at rest.
    Happy to see you happy, nomad.
    And Steele’s sketches are beautiful. Snaps!

  21. 22 Tyler F. Long October 20, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Wow! That would be really great just packing up and traveling! It looks like you had a really great time. Thanks for sharing those drawings with everyone.

    Tyler F. Long
    Dunwoody Norcross GA

  22. 23 nannymcp22 October 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

    this is great. i wish i could travel more. problem i have is with the visa. its annoying to have to apply for visas everytime i travel. nice pictures by the way, love the woman withtwo melons!! i think it was hilarious! 🙂

  23. 24 perfectperfectionist October 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Those sketches are stunning, I wish I had that kind of talent. Your trip sounds amazing, but it must have been good to meet some like-minded people. Travel can be quite lonely.

  24. 25 elmer October 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I know someone who makes sketches/drawings/portraits of his travel around asia. must be the trend now. very creative!

  25. 26 travelmammal October 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    You’re on my blogroll for a reason my man. Amazing stuff, love your shit show stories!!

  26. 27 lbwong October 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    What a great story! And love the sketches as well 😉 Congrats on Freshly Pressed, LB

  27. 28 myselfugg October 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    It is interesting,I want to travel,but I have no money!


  28. 29 Imaginarium of Pau October 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I love your sketch. It closely showed the real thing, and in a very cool way! Keep it up! 🙂

  29. 30 weaselwiththecam October 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    The sketches are really awesome. As someone above said, they are a bit cartoonish, but they “tell” a better story than a picture. They have somewhat a photojournalistic function.

  30. 32 breadtobeeaten October 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I live in Armenia, and I love the sketch of the Armenian ‘street folk’. I love meeting you travelers on your way through the caucusus. I hope you enjoyed it!!

  31. 33 sannekurz October 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I couchsurfed a family of four who went by land for the last 2 and a half years around the globe. Their toddler was three, when I met them. The older son 13. – Wow. I thought, traveling lots myself with my own kids. There are people that travel. And there are people that travel.

  32. 35 Matt October 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    cool stuff. second last pic of sketches, the woman holding melons makes me think that she’s jealous of the other ‘woman’.

  33. 36 jdjades October 21, 2010 at 12:10 am

    i love the sketches… cool

  34. 37 Sunflowerdiva October 21, 2010 at 1:42 am

    These are awesome sketches–waaaaay better than I could ever manage!

  35. 38 The Woods At Night October 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Great blog!

  36. 40 E. Louise Beatty October 25, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Love the pictures. Feel your pain with the nasty hotel. I’ve woken up with more lizards in my bed in Middle Eastern hotels than you could ever imagine.

    And your sketches are so cool.

  37. 41 Anita January 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Hi just happened to come across your blog. I absolutely love Steele’s Chaiwallah illustration. I recently started my interiors business and would love to try and incorporate Steele’s chailwallah illustration in a range of interiors products if possible. Can you put us in touch?



  38. 42 Redeker September 5, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Legendary post, I enjoy this spectacular site,I found you along freshly pressed!

    Please do check my personal fascinating training blog.

  39. 43 Sydrah M. December 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m loving the sketches!


  40. 44 Richard April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hi there, I was stumbling across your page and recognised Steele and Amber, I met them in Zimbabwe and it was a pleasure also. I regret not getting their email address. I travelled through Africa for a year and that was halfway through my trip. Would love to contact them.

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