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Wedding Wedding Weddings, Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan travel blog

Wedding Wedding Weddings

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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So it was an interesting day as we ran into about twenty or so wedding parties.  Everywhere you went as the sound of the horns and drums as a new one entered the square.  Elbow to elbow they stood clamoring to get their photos done infront of ...

Yurt Camp, Nurota, Uzbekistan travel blog

Yurt Camp

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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It was a beautiful cloudless day as we drove through the Uzbek desert.  Passing through Nurota for lunch and a brief hike up the ancient fortress of Alexander the Great.  Close to the yurt camp we detoured again, this time to Aydar Lake.  ...

Oct 25, 2011, Samarkand, Uzbekistan travel blog

Oct 25, 2011

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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Helloooooo Stan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Helloooooo Stan

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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... Hazrati Imam Complex was the first example of central asian madrases that I got to visit.  The tile work, as in all of Uzbekistan, was stunning. In all though, I regret not having more time to spend in the capital as there was allot that I missed. ...

Samarkand!, Samarkand, Uzbekistan travel blog

Samarkand!

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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... shashlik, and the felling of being completely lost in translation, i had finally arrived at the city that inspired the trip to Uzbekistan.  The first night there was filled with more rain, but the warm desert heat made it perfect for walking ...

Ancient City Of Khiva, Khiva, Uzbekistan travel blog

Ancient City Of Khiva

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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... Bukhara was nothing less than painful.  Three hundred fifty kilometers too over ten hours of nonstop driving.  Uzbekistan is currently revamping this major highway, and in the meantime the alternative route is comparable to a rally ...

Uzbek Story: It's Like That, Life, Tashkent to Samarkand by Road, Uzbekistan travel blog

Uzbek Story: It's Like That, Life

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... few years corruption has become much worse," he lamented. But despite the mafia, corruption, and the militsia, "the people in Uzbekistan are beautiful," he added. "You understand me what I am saying, Lloyd." He told me about himself, his life in ...

And I Wonder, Yes I Wonder, Who'll Stop the Rain?, Bukhara, Uzbekistan travel blog

And I Wonder, Yes I Wonder, Who'll Stop the Rain?

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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The power flickered on and off, the side streets turned to mud, it was windy, it was cold, it was wet...it was Bukhara.  In just three days, they received as much rain as they normally do in a years time.  Trudging through the mudded side ...

The Silk Road: Unpeeling the Layers of History, Samarkand, Uzbekistan travel blog

The Silk Road: Unpeeling the Layers of History

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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The settlement history of Samarkand is thick, layers thick.  Over the years, earthen accretion, erosion, and sieges have covered and destroyed preceeding layers.  But each layer tells a story that is a piece of the Silk Road legend called ...

Al-Jazeera on Satellite TV, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Al-Jazeera on Satellite TV

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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For four nights I stayed at the Ali Tour Bed and Breakfast. After the long night drive from Fergana, I was greeted to offers of "beer and vodka," prostitutes, and a late night breakfast, not so odd if you are immersed in Central Asian culture for a ...

Journey to Baku, Western Uzbekistan to Baku, Uzbekistan travel blog

Journey to Baku

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... this financially-challenging leg.  P.S.  What happened with the banks is that they saw activity from both Germany and Uzbekistan and froze my account.  Somehow the server from Karakalpakstan was registering as German.  Either way, everything was ...

The Silk Road: Pomegranate, Bukhara, Uzbekistan travel blog

The Silk Road: Pomegranate

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... a threat to the secular dictator, Karimov, so are obviously repressed. But one site was the most important for Muslims in Uzbekistan, the Bakha-ud-din Naqshband Mausoleum, where the 14th century founder of the Naqshband Sufi order lies under a humble ...

The Lonesome Smoking Santa, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

The Lonesome Smoking Santa

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Despite what you might think after the recent posts, Tashkent offerred more than just visas and militsia and apparatchik. As the largest city in Central Asia, Tashkent was a winter playground of Metro stations, historical monuments, and museums. ...

Visa Hell, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Visa Hell

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... militsia than you can shake a stick at (I don't recommend doing this though). So I needed another option... Option Five: Cross Uzbekistan, travel to Kazakhstan to the edge of the Caspian at Aktau, then fly across the Caspian Sea to Baku, where you ...

Broken Plane is good luck i think, Urgench, Uzbekistan travel blog

Broken Plane is good luck i think

A travel blog entry by zullyzazaza

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    So the day began at 5:30 in the morning, heading to Terminal C of the Tashkent Airport for my flight to Urgench and subsequent drive to Khiva.  After checking through security and lining up to get my boarding pass, i find out ...

Just photos, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Just photos

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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Nothing much new going on, just wanted to add photos of Anna and her host family. ...

Q and A, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Q and A

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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Q and A from various recent emails (Since I have a depressing amount of homework tonight, so real entries, emails and trips to the post office to mail that first batch of letters must wait for another day. FYI, I am told that letters take about 2 weeks ...

Weekend Adventures, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Weekend Adventures

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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I must apologize for taking a week to post these pictures. Allow me to add Tashkent Traveler's Health Tip #7 to my previous list: Do not climb to the top of a leaning minaret and then get probable food poisoning while still recovering from amoebic ...

Homesick (but healthier) in Tashkent, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Homesick (but healthier) in Tashkent

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... a few weeks ago. Bahodir: Akbar's best friend and my babysitter; essentially a third son in the family and Uzbekistan's Enrique Iglesias. NEIGHBORS: Sveta (pronounced Svyeta): My retired Russian next door neighbor; lives with her dog, Daisy ...

Rain and frustration in Central Asia, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Rain and frustration in Central Asia

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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First of all, IT'S RAINING! YAY! After a few cool days (following my "Autumn Arrives in Tashkent" announcement, it has been pretty warm again overall. But it has been aining for the past few days, and is pretty chilly now. Yay! As for the ...

Central Asia, Land of Broken Hearts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Central Asia, Land of Broken Hearts

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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Central Asia, Land of Broken Hearts... doesn't that sound like a smashingly successful new tourism slogan? Yeah, I didn't think so. ;-) Anna, Karen and I had joked in Samarkand and Bukhara about how the only people who seem to get into this field in ...

Bits and pieces, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Bits and pieces

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A Girl's Guide to Being Instantly Recognizable as a Foreigner in Tashkent (With additional [and likely biased] commentary from acquaintances) 1. Be in a ...

Health Advice in Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Health Advice in Uzbekistan

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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... see whoever is available, but try to see Dr. Ellen. She rocks. She should be in the Lonely Planet Guide for Uzbekistan... right after the restaurant section ;-) #3: Get good medicine. My antibiotics kick ass. :) #4: Don't feel bad accepting ...

Arrival and Travails in Tashkent, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Arrival and Travails in Tashkent

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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... to me, since despite all of my pre-departure Russian lessons, I seemed to have forgotten everything as soon as I arrived in Uzbekistan. Dictionary in one hand, I struggled with the lock with the other, to no avail. Finally, I understood the word for ...

Autumn arrives in Tashkent!, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Autumn arrives in Tashkent!

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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The heat wave has finally broken! I could comfortably wear the long sleeves and slacks yesterday that comprise most of my wardrobe, and last night was actually chilly! This is a very welcome change from the searing 100-degree-with-blinding-sun weather ...

Khiva, Uzbekistan: Museum or Stage Show?, Khiva District, Uzbekistan travel blog

Khiva, Uzbekistan: Museum or Stage Show?

A travel blog entry by samber

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... journey we had to pull over for fuel. An interesting boy fact (courtesy of Sam) is to tell you that all cars in Uzbekistan run off propane gas (C3H8 or whatever that is), not petrol. Strange when surrounded by such oil rich nations. Would hate to see ...

More Q and A, and some quick updates, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

More Q and A, and some quick updates

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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Q: Can I call you? Can you call me? Can you get phonecards? A: Good questions. I don't know, but I'm working on it. Ok, well, hypothetically yes, I do have a phone, but it's not very cooperative. First of all, the connection is bad, so it's really ...

As the Mahalla Turns..., Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

As the Mahalla Turns...

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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... it, but I've forgotten a lot of it. Besides, I like Uzbek better. I: But I don't understand. You can only speak Uzbek in Uzbekistan. You can speak Russian in many countries. M: I know, but don't worry, I'm sure I'll find a use for it. ;-) I ...

Karakalpakstan: A Hidden Gem of a Land, Nukus, Uzbekistan travel blog

Karakalpakstan: A Hidden Gem of a Land

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... take long to also realize that people here consider themselves a separate country.  Earlier I asked a man if we were in Uzbekistan: "No nyet, Karakalpakstan."  For thousands of years they have been separate, even if for much of the time, nearby ...

Museum of Applied Arts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan travel blog

Museum of Applied Arts

A travel blog entry by meaganlandry

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Dilfuza and I went to the Museum of Applied Arts today. At first, I was reluctant to go because I've pretty much had my fill of museums and was really tired, but I was really glad we went. There were lots of beautiful exhibits, and I was able to take ...

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