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... good hour making sure we didn't miss an angle.
We spotted several tour groups obediently following their guide. Some wisely took notes, because more often than not, the copious information is forgotten before most people get to the next site.
September 23, 2014
India Visas in Tashkent
Dave worked tirelessly on submitting Indian Visa applications ...
... taxi to next town Denou, and grab some lunch. We finally got a taxi on semi reasonable terms,$10 and loaded all our stuff in trunk. About 2 km down the road the driver changed his mind and asked for $15. We declined and the guy turned the car around, he had us by the balls. We then agreed to pay his price. He was still working on us to take us all the way to Samarkand but I would have rather walked.
... century, with a timeless air (or, in the case of Ishmael, timeless food), Samarkand was more modern in general, certainly more Soviet- but replete with buildings and areas on a greater scale and of a higher ambition. One complements the other. If I confess to having an even more tender spot for Bukhara, I will qualify the commitment by speculating that, had we elected to travel toward the setting sun, my sentiments might well have been reversed. ...
... by cooler air, so it has never been uncomfortable. We also avoided some calamities: just after we left the place, Tashkent saw storms and floods, and the Gobi desert experienced sandstorms where cars had to be dug out of drifts on the motorway.
The very last stop is the Shah-i-Zindi necropolis, built by Tamerlaine for the women of his family and to house the tomb of a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. The sign on entry asks us to be respectful and, very ...
... stop for prayers chanted by their guide or mullah.
Then we head to the Registan, the old central square with madrassahs on three sides. The earliest was founded by Tamerlaine's grandson Ulugbek as a specialist school of astronomy. The decorations are all in star patterns, and each student room has a balcony with a different mosaic design. Apparently Ulugbek wanted poor children to have equal chances for an education, and thought that girls ...