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TORONTO—Dragging my suitcase across the border, through a narrow gap in the barbed-wire fence, stepping foot from Uzbekistan into Tajikistan. Neighbouring dictatorships that didn’t actually have any diplomatic relations or intercountry air travel and, at that time, allowed border traversing only through this one teensy portal, the Oybek post. Then a bumpy flight to Dushanbe, on an aircraft held together with spit and goobers, thence a bouncy 14-hour drive over desert and dale to the Amu Darya, crossing

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A foolish reason to travel dangerously

By Rosie DiManno      

In the latest advisories from the Canadian government, 'avoid all travel' includes Burundi, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Mali, Chad, Iraq, Libya, Niger, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Afghanistan. Don’t be stupid.

Americans Lauren Geoghegan and her partner Jay Austin were killed in an ISIS-claimed attack on July 30 in Tajikstan. The couple set off on a year-long bike trip around the world in July 2017. Photograph courtesy of Facebook
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