WORKING OVERTIME PEOPLE spend a fair bit of their days and lives at work. The five day work week is still a dream for much of the world’s workforce.Maybe that is why I have so many pics of people at work? Our taxi driver stops to say hello to what ust be the loneliest hotel owner in the world, on the Pamir Highway a long way north of Murghab (3650m ASL) on the way to Kyrgyzstan.A shephard in the isolated Yagnob valley, 120km from the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. That is the main, in fact only road into town.A trader at the Khalai Khum weekly market, on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border.A Yanobi farmer in Margeb, Tajikistan, where isolation has preserved traditions, culture and language.Squeezed between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, the 2500 year old Tajik city of Istaravshan has a fascinating bazaar, where blacksmith work the forges, and knives are made by hand.Istaravshan, Tajikistan, grilled lamb kebabs.A trip to the barber shop is more than a haircut. It's a cultural insight, and I try to go in every country I visit. I didn't need a cut or shave in Istaravshan, Tajikistan, but this old guy really needed to be photographed.A guard at Gyeongbokgung, the Joseon Dynasty Royal Palace, in Seoul, South Korea.At the Sunday livestock market in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, a primitive looking rack holds a horse in place.Traders, buyers, sightseers, gossipers, cows, horses, sheep and goats crowd the Karakol Sunday livestock market. If in the area, time your visit around it.Home and village made textiles are common still in Laos.The village women work the communal mortar and pestle in southern Laos.Laos' Luang Prabang is where the Nam Khan meets the Mekong river. It experienced a tourist boom in the 2000s, but most people still farm and fish as they have for generations.In the mountainous north of Laos, a teenage girl fishes to feed her family.Koh Phangan, Thailand. Two boatman, either fishing or picking up tourists.Keeping the streets around Lumpinin Park clean, Bangkok, Thailand.Birds' nest collectors rest in Niah Cave, in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The huge cave is home to swallows, whose nests are collected by these guys climbing bamboo ladders to the ceiling.A boat operator takes visitors into Bako National Park, near Kuching, capital of Sarawak, Malaysia.Malaysia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu can be easily climbed, but guides are mandatory. Unusual protective clothing for guides.Fishermen in Malaysia, in a village on an island off the island of Borneo.A woman hard at work making your morning cuppa, at the Lipton Tea Factory, Haputale, Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka's tea country is a picturesque carpet of rolling green, and the estates welcome visitors. Picking tea is hard work. Most picker live on the estates, which have schools and clinics.Stilt fishermen working their patch of ocean in the little Sri Lankan town of Mirissa. Apparently the stilts locations are passed on to children.A bartender at Sri Lanka's grandest old hotel, The Galle Face Hotel, which opened its doors in 1864.A guide from a horseback trek along the shores of the stunning Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia.In the north-western Mongolian town of Moron, a trader loads goatskins onto his wagon.A busy bike repair shop in rural Tanzania.The bazaars of central asia are wonderful for wandering and wondering. Sampling fresh honey in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.The smell of grilling lamb is the smell of central asia. Serve it up with some fresh bread, maybe a salad or soup. Uzbekistan.Traidtional carpet weaving was revived in Uzbekistan after the Soviet Union broke up. Read "A Carpet Ride To Khiva" about the NGO these ladies are employed by.A mother making samosas gives her son a dirty look, in the old silk road city of Khiva, Uzbekistan.One of the silk road most glamorous homes. Kuhna Ark Fortress in Khiva, Uzbekistan, gets a sweep.A 16th century silk road madrasah in Bukhara makes a great backdrop to rehearse traditional Uzbek dance.Smiles as big as the bazaar itself, at one of the great silk road markets, Margilon, in Uzbekistan's Fergana region.Curd is sold for making "kurt", the weird but tasty snack sold throughout central Asia, in Margilon Bazaar.Bucther in the bazaar makes his intentions clear. Rishton, Uzbekistan.Melons by the truckload are unloaded every day in bazaars all over central Asia, like this one in Andijon, Uzbekistan.