Posted by Pat on September 29, 2022 in Travel |

29 September 2022 We travel by bus for 175 miles west from Samarqand through green agricultural land, quiet sunbaked villages and towns to Bukhara, fifth largest city in Uzbekistan. I am introduced to this major caravan city along the Silk Road, Temur’s second city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – via a puppet show. […]

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Posted by Pat on September 28, 2022 in Travel |

27-28 September 2022 We arrive late to the Asia Hotel, our lodging for the next two nights. Traffic and narrow surface roads are challenging, or as our guide says: “Samarqand is very special for the traffic.” Our hotel is located in historic Old Town and just a few minutes’ walk from the Registan. My kind […]

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Touring Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Posted by Pat on September 27, 2022 in Travel |

26-27 September 2022 Tashkent is a city of very modern buildings interspersed with some ugly Soviet relics, green manicured parks, fountains, and a very organized traffic system. Except for closing down the streets and having armed guards every 100 feet, severe restrictions as to where you can take a picture without being shot, all in […]

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Posted by Pat on September 26, 2022 in Travel |

26 September 2022 I keep reading about colorful straws served with beer. Haven’t been able to confirm this. No straw with beer because no beer. But did get a bright blue flex straw with my coffee latte this morning. Today we are driven to the Tajikistan/Uzbekistan border. We were warned that it can be a […]

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And More From Tajikistan

Posted by Pat on September 25, 2022 in Travel |

25 September 2022 It’s hot as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! We are back on the road again. Today, we drive 50 miles southwest through the foothills to the ancient city of Istarafshan, a city that is one of the oldest in Tajikistan dating back over 2,500 years. An important stop […]


Posted by Pat on September 25, 2022 in Travel |

24 September 2022 After breakfast in Kokand, we face the short drive and possibly grueling border crossings from Uzbekistan into the fourth of the Stans: Tajikistan.

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Day-Tripping in Uzbekistan – the White Car Khanate

Posted by Pat on September 24, 2022 in Travel |

23 September 2022 What a difference a border makes. Although it looks chaotic, was a bit slow and bureaucratic, and the temperatures were heating up, it was clear we had entered into a new country and a new culture. Immediately one begins to see the Persian influence in faces and architecture. There were few smiles […]

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