Le Grande Plaza Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLe Grande Plaza Hotel Tashkent
Overnattede på vej ind og ud af landet. Anden gang var det et kort ophold med afgang kl 01.45. Bruseren var i stykke med revnet slange, som det var for sent at fixe..
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Having spent nearly two months in a single country during the China phase of the trip, catching the morning flight from Almaty to Tashkent allowed me to say I have visited three Central Asian capitals in 24 hours. Uzbekistan was to be the "stan" where I would be spending the longest, with nearly three weeks dedicated to what is the region's most populous nation - and many would say its cultural capital. I had replaced Ollie, who had travelled back to the ...
... points. It is hard to hold your tongue and not burst out exclaiming: "What on earth do you want to check that the other four checkpoints haven't checked already?!". Taking a bus or taxi in no way helps you to escape this policing. There are several road checkpoints in which the vehicle is stopped, every person's passport is inspected and if you're a foreigner, you are invariably required to get out of the bus or taxi and 'register' at ...
... here, needless to say.
Want some som?
Next, I needed some local money. Uzbekistan's currency is the Som, and it's one of the lowest-valued currencies in the world. One Canadian dollar equals about 2,000 Uzbekistani Som (at the official rate; the black market rate is much better). The only money I've ever used that has made me feel richer in useless zeroes was the Vietnamese Dong, which is worth about a tenth that much. The difference is, ...
... well as the development of paleolithic and bronze age cultures in what is now Uzbekistan.
One monument that I think deserves some comment is the Monument to the WW II dead. It is in a large park and quite a few Uzbek citizens were visiting it. It has two long one story outdoor shelters that contain the individual names of 400,000 dead Uzbeki soldiers engraved on copper plates. If there were 400,000 ...
... our way back to our hotel we picked up a casaba type melon and shared it with the guests at the hotel.
Strumming the Dutar
The guest house owner, who doesn't speak much English but really tries to communicate, expertly cut up the melon. One Japanese girl from Hokkaido who studies Uzbek History is here with her brother for 7 days. We never found out about the French ...