Domina Shodlik Palace
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October 13, 2014 TASHKENT
Russian Orthodox Center
Again, we called the Indian Embassy. Still, no new news on our visa.
Explored the area of Tashkent around the Russian Orthodox Cathedral Complex. Cissy had been already so it was just the two of us.
The complex is three sky blue building with glistening gold ice cream cone domes. (built in ...
... 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 ...
... there for ages counting out piles of 1000 som notes, and you find yourself arguing the toss about whether a taxi ride should be 3000 or 4000, then realise you are arguing about 20p!
So I saw another market (very well organised), mosques and madrassas, a 7th century Koran (and lots of others not quite so old) and the Museum of History and the ex=Romanov palace and piles og very ugly new buildings. See the ...
... regularly- even the locals were at it. Nobody had thought to install windows that open. In fact, in Uzbekistan, in the absence of air conditioners, or, apparently, physics, the ubiquitous method of cooling down is to boil yet more small portions of the Aral Sea and pour it on the ground. They even do this along the train corridors.
And yet, little did we know how pleasant these conditions would soon seem...
Which brings me to the ...
... carpets and fabrics. We arrived in the Fergana Valley, which is just a bunch of small towns, late the afternoon and got very excited when we pulled up to the hotel Suse had booked and discovered there was a swimming pool. It was definitely the fanciest hotel we had stayed in yet, was like a resort club hotel, although Suse had had to dramatically stretch the budget to get us in there. We spent the rest of the evening swimming and lounging by the ...