Local pair’s epic trip on film

Last year we followed the blog of Tamahere journalist Isobel Ewing as she and brother Jack biked 2000km of the ancient Silk Rd from Samarkand, Uzbekistan to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Next month we can view the film they made of their epic trip, Doma, which will feature in Hamilton as part of the touring NZ Mountain Film Festival.

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In donkey doo-doo on Silk Rd

“It was during the fourth roadside squat, this time in a fetid ditch next to a donkey paddock, as the sun scorched the back of my neck that I thought “this was not what I had in mind.””

But that was the reality for Tamahere journalist Isobel Ewing this week, as she relates on her blog, as she cycles the ancient Silk Road, an ancient trading route that stretches from China to the Mediterranean.

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Local journo to ride Silk Rd

Tamahere journalist Isobel Ewing is taking her story telling on the road – the Silk Road, an ancient trading route that stretches from China to the Mediterranean.

Ewing won’t be peddling silk but she will be pedaling. She plans to bike more than 2000km from Samarkand, Uzbekistan to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan starting in early August.

One goal of the journey is to disconnect from the constant digital stream that is the lot of a broadcast journalist … and almost everyone else with an internet connection.

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Tamahere girl hunts for paradise

Isobel Ewing of Tamahere is chasing a dream – to be paid to visit 12 exotic countries in 12 months in search of her own personal paradise.

When the 21-year-old heard about an international competition looking for a new host for Paradise Hunter, a Canadian web-based travel and accommodation show, the aspiring journalist jumped at the opportunity.

“As the winner you visit 12 different destinations around the world searching for your own personal paradise.”

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