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Bukhara was another 6 hours across the desert, in a share-taxi. For the first hour we drove along a scarred road through village after village, with women tending vegetable plots, donkey carts carrying people to the tree-bordered fields, kids walking between home and school, and occasional young goat herders squatting roadside as their flocks wandered. In this rural scene, it ...
... and a medressa that was still in session. Day 2 I went to visit them assuming they would be open, but in the large square between them a Uzbek wrestling contest was taking place and the medressa was still closed. So I added a few more things to the visited list - like the dungeon where two British 'adventurers' (Stoddart and Connolly) were confined in the cockroach/lice/sheep-tick infested hole for some time before being ...
... 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 ...
... hope to catch up with internet work since there is good wifi. Unfortunately mid afternoon there is a massive power cut which lasts into the early hours of the next morning. This means no wifi, but equally crucially no aircon for our second night's sleep in Bukhara.
... more in pay on days when the temperatures exceed 45 degrees C (113 degrees F). However, Anna said it never happens. The weatherman never reports temperatures that high. The most he will say is that it is 44 degrees in the shade. The tourist season here in Uzbekistan is only 4 months, two in spring and two in fall. High season doesn't begin until September since it is still hot (prediction for tomorrow -- 105 degrees but dry, of course), but there are no ...