25th July 2015:
Here are the links and the translation of our Radio interview whilst we were in Almaty.
Special thanks to Natalie and Artem for sending the link, Tom Mouritz for organising the English translation and Renee Mouritz for copying both into a blog page.
AUSTRALIAN TRAVELERS, “CROSSING THE KAZAKH BORDER WAS THE EASIEST”
07/08/2015, 12:40 Source: Radio receiving  Illustration: Radio
receivin  Visiting “radio receiving” travelers from Australia
– BARRY MORRITS, MIKE AND PETER MORRITS JAYNES, who travel around
the world by land through the territory of the 20 countries for
“Peugeot” in 1960 and 1981. The conversation was about different
cultures, different people, who met them on the road rally, that is
the universal language of the world – a smile. The entire journey
will take approximately 27,000 kilometers. The journey began in May
2015 and should be completed in August. The route runs through Kuala
Lumpur, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Russia and Central Asian
Botagoz Seydahmetova: Barry, Mike, Peter, you experience the old
cars. This is the main profession of your life or a companion? Why
do you need it?
PETER, MIKE, BARRY: No, it’s just an adventure for us – to pass on
old machines from Perth in Australia to Paris.Barry Machine 1960,
Peter – 1981.
BS .: I READ YOUR TRAVEL NOTES, AND NOTED THAT YOU OFTEN ASK
PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS, SUCH AS WHO YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE AND WHO THE
PEOPLE YOU MEET EVERY DAY? HOW DO YOU PERSONALLY CHANGED THE TRAVEL
WORLD? HOW HAS YOUR CHARACTER, RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE?
P.M.B .: Part of our trip – a meeting with the people. We meet
people all over the world, different cultures, especially in those
countries that we cross. We realized that people around the world are
very similar, all smiles. Smile – it’s a universal language, which is
spoken by all people in the world. People are interesting for us,
even if we do not understand their language. The experience we have
used in their daily lives.
BS .: WHAT IS THE MOST STRIKING OF YOUR TRIP, YOU CAN CHECK ON EACH
COUNTRY IN WHICH YOU WERE: CHINA, MONGOLIA, MALAYSIA, LAOS, CAMBODIA,
RUSSIA AND KAZAKHSTAN?
P.M.B .: Each country – special, and people living there, too
special. It is very difficult to say that any country was the most
special. But each of us has their own impressions of each country,
and they may differ. For example, for me, for Peter, a special
impression left on Tibet: it is the people I met, the high mountains,
the roads of this country. In addition, specially remembered
Mongolia, it was a revelation for me. Especially vpechalila breadth
of the Mongolian steppes and deserts. Mike impressed with Thailand, a
woman who spoke good English, because she went to America – she came
to visit his parents. China remembered friendly people who were
always ready to help. Yesterday we arrived in Almaty, and here, too,
people are very friendly. Each country has its own
peculiarities Mongolia – a huge area and very few people, China is
great, but the overpopulation of the country complicates the
journey. People everywhere different look and dress differently drive
cars, eat in different ways. This is due to the climate, the
environment, living conditions. But all share a smile.
BS .: I read in your travel notes about how you traveled in the
Altai region, visited a Russian family …
P.M.B .: Yes, we broke car crash was quite serious, and we are
looking for spare parts shop – he was like a Soviet shop. Around our
cars we gathered onlookers. A young Russian woman called us to
visit. It was a fantastic night – a visit to a Russian family. BS
.: ARE NOT YOU AFRAID THAT IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO GET A VISA TO IRAN,
AS WELL AS SOME COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL ASIA?
P.M.B .: We do not expect any difficulties in Iran, because Michael
has a friend in the Iranian university, who invited us to stay with
him and Michael will read lectures at several universities. It helped
us get a visa to Iran.Michael works in the field of urban planning, so
that will talk about how this is done in Australia, as well as
tourism. And, of course, it will be a great experience for us, that
ever happens to us – the intersection of the borders and the borders
of Uzbekistan. On one day we’ll pick Uzbekistan. As we travel in old
cars, we attract people’s attention, and they want to know more about
us. If we were on modern machines, we would not have noticed.
BS .: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN IRAN?
P.M.B .: We want to see the art of Iran, its mosques, towers,
Islamic architecture. We want to stop in Qom (East Shi’ite
“Vatican”), a visit to Isfahan, to see the famous Iranian carpets
city. We want to visit the markets, especially at night, when there
are a lot of people walking. I have carpets, which has many, many
years I know that you can bargain all day. At this time we are not
going to buy carpets, because the cars are crowded, but we want to see
the carpets as works of art.
BS .: AS YOU WILL MEET IN PARIS? AFTER ALL, “PEUGEOT” – FRENCH CAR
BRAND? MAYBE SOME PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET?
P.M.B .: Not at the moment. But we hope that the closer to Paris,
we will drive up, the more people find out about us, we will contact
with museums, and we hope that we will be welcomed with open arms.
BS .: WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS ABOUT KAZAKHSTAN? YOU CAN
COMPARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH RUSSIA?
P.M.B .: Crossing the Kazakh border was the easiest was the
wonderful hospitality. On the Russian border, we were much longer,
probably about six hours. Again, this is related to our
machines. They are old, so many do not know how the documents
look. In Kazakhstan, people want to know more about these
machines. We left an hour, even 40 minutes to cross both borders to
leave Russia and to enter Kazakhstan. In the first few hours of
driving, we were surprised to Kazakhstan scarcity of wildlife, we were
hoping to see more. Even in Mongolia, we saw more cows, sheep and
BS .: WHAT ABOUT ALMATY?
P.M.B .: Almaty – a very beautiful city, with its mountain ridge
and straight streets. With regard to the plan of the city, we are
interested in old buildings because Mike is responsible for planning
cities. We were impressed with your parks and churches.
BS .: IF WE TALK ABOUT THE HOTEL “OTRAR” IN WHICH YOU LIVE, IT SEEMS
ESPECIALLY FOR FOREIGNERS BECAUSE ALMATY IS LOCATED IN A VERY ACTIVE
SEISMIC ZONE. AFTER ONE OF THE EARTHQUAKES, THEN WHEN THE FIRST HOTEL
TO FOREIGNERS – “KAZAKHSTAN” – ROCKED WITH AN AMPLITUDE OF TWO METERS,
THE CITY ADMINISTRATION HAS DECIDED TO CONSTRUCT A BUILDING FOR
FOREIGNERS HORIZONTAL INSTEAD OF VERTICAL HIGH FOR FOREIGNERS. As for
your trip. Cambodia and Laos are in conflict because of the temples
and other historic sites?
P.M.B .: During its history, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos have
changed their borders in the framework of ancient
civilizations. There are still disputes over borders. However, in
our journey, we are not faced with such problems. We visited the
temple of Angkor Wat, it is a good place for many, many years.
BS .: CAN YOU COMPARE RUSSIAN AND KAZAKHSTAN? WHAT ARE THE MAIN
DIFFERENCES YOU SAW IN OUR COUNTRIES?
P.M.B .: We are travelers, and the first thing mentioned when left
from Mongolia to Russia – it is a lot of trees;the journey itself
passes through beautiful mountains. People love to talk about
politics. We stayed at the hotel, which was built in the tradition of
Soviet arhitektury- old building, and that’s fine. Maybe in
Kazakhstan remained too many Soviet-built buildings in the
province. For us, a great experience – to be here, in Almaty, see
hospitality of the people. An example of hospitality at the hotel was
today, when we wanted to repair the old car: the hotel has a pro shop
and a lot of people have tried to help us. The story ended well.
BS .: TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY OVELAND.
P.M.B .: This is a private company, you can read on our website
http://overlandtoparis.com/  travel notes, stories about
traveling to different countries are open.
BS .: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
P.M.B .: Peter was born and raised in New Zealand, his Danish
origin and a Danish passport. Mike and Barry – brothers, born in
Australia, the Australian father, mother – a Briton. Mike works at a
company that is engaged in urban planning, the company employs
representatives from seven countries, including Brazil, Romania, South
Africa, Singapore, Namibia. As for our country, Australia – a young
country, it is only 200 years old, it is a country of immigrants, one
hundred years ago, the Chinese came here. It is a multicultural
country, is home to many different ethnic groups. We have a rich,
delicious food, spends a lot of festivals. This world is huge, if
measured in kilometers, but it can fly for twenty-four hours.