Bukhara to Khiva
Looking for Camels and Caravans

Posted by Pat on October 2, 2022 in Travel |

1 October 2022 Mosques, madrassas, museums, meals, walks…it is becoming a blur. Don’t ask me where I was two nights ago and expect a quick answer. I drag myself into breakfast at a slower pace. I fruitlessly hope for a good cup of brewed coffee. There is always lunch just a few hours away so […]

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan- The Dollar Store of Central Asia

Posted by Pat on October 1, 2022 in Travel |

30 September 2022 Directly across from our Hotel Asia is the magnificent assemblage of architecture known as Lyab-i-Hauz which has survived unchanged since the 16th century. This area once served as a caravansaray along the Silk Road. It includes the Kukeldash Madrassa, Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrassa and the Khanada or lodging house, all centered around Lyabi […]

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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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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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