Orient Star Samarkand
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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On a few of my previous blogs I have spoken of cities which have achieved such a legendary status that the mere mention of their names is enough to quicken the pulse and evoke images of adventure. The greatest of these cities, at least in my mind, has always been Samarkand – a place that I didn't always know where it was (or actually if it even existed – you know, like Atlantis), but which I have always wanted to travel to. With these ...
... remember how I was telling you yesterday that the folk music festival was only for government members, dignitaries and VIPs, and that tickets were almost impossible for regular people to get? Well, it turns out that Rustam has been busy on the phones for a few days, behind the scenes, working his network. I don't know how he did it, exactly, but he managed to come up with the supposedly-impossible: Tickets! Not only tickets, but free tickets, by invite of the ...
Uzbekistan is not well known as being a tourist hotspot. There are a few reasons why this is the case. The central Asian country was, for many years, a soviet controlled state, and its recovery has been slow and often painful, with political strife and widespread corruption commonplace. It's also geographically remote to most tourists. That ...
... me out of the
vehicle he beings to have a happy chat.. I was none the wiser I had done any
thing wrong.. he then motions me to the back of the car and points to the Stop
sign and indicates I did not stop… then said a whole lot of stuff in Usbek and
expected me to do something…. Well given I was tired I gave him the look of
death and surprise… then after some animated **** I think he wanted a bribe
although no too sure… ...
Random stuff that may be of interest. - every country we visited had stray cats and dogs (okay, not London). Most of the dogs looked the same! In Georgia, some dogs and cats had tagged right ears; the animals were considered government property and there was a fine if anyone red them. No one could tell me how the foment picked which cat or tag. - like in China, we saw people in Georgia and Uzbekistan sweeping the streets. They use brooms which are stalks ...