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... not the only strange one around!). He is also doing a blog and though its in Japanese you might want to take a look at http://compay.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/
Many many more tourists here even than in Samarkand - more German than anything else by a long way, then French. Big group of Aussies today - few English. You always get asked where you are from and London/England always gets a surprised reaction and often gets you ...
... to say a single critical word, however mild, about Uzbekistan, the minting of a denomination higher than 1000 sum (25c approximately) might be a progressive step. There is the occasional lucrative 5000 note circulating, though a sighting is as rare as that of a functioning camel. Thus the exchange of $100, a la the late Weimar republic, practically requires a wheelbarrow; the paying of a restaurant bill an abacus.
Following a lunch ...
... the building stayed fixed. This helped the mosque escape the notice of Ghengis Khan. The citizens covered the mosque with sand, and Khan overlooked it.
The Mosque in the Pit is a symbol of the religious tolerance of the time. It was built as a mosque but has ornamentation of the Zoroastrians, a religious group that preceded Islam. The caravans brought Christians and Jews to the city as well, and all four religions worshiped in the mosque. It is said that there ...
We took a van to Bukhara through the desert and stopped at a bleak roadside place for lamb bone soup. Not my favorite by a long shot. Then we got stuck in a traffic jam to wait for a police escorted convoy of wheat harvesters to pass. And it is finally really hot. It was supposed to be hot weeks ago, but we have been super lucky with the weather. So, 100 degrees, no biggie. We know it gets waaaay hotter here. Bukhara is a beautifully restored old city ...
... regions. It was hazy, but it is a remarkably flat country, without even undulations in the hills. The road was not very good – lots of slowing and side-sway to avoid potholes, but it was okay. I’ve had worse (Guatemala!). By the time we entered Lebap province, agriculture had given way to sand. The sand dunes are low, and fairly vegetated. The roadworks people have built low straw sand-stops along the road, which do a remarkable job of keeping the sand dunes at bay. Our ...