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Travel Blogs from Tashkent
... queue. Eventually, and tat took tome too, our passports were stamped and then we had another scanning of hand luggage. And a physical examination of my day ack. All unpacked. Time ticked away and we boarded the plane with not much time to spare. A sigh of relief and the flight was very nice and relaxing. We even got something to eat and i could write my diary. John got English newspapers. Very nice ...
... wood, dust and buckets of paint. Inside it smells like drying paint, too, so we don't really want to sit there either. No worries.. there are 8 people on staff anyway, bored out of their minds, so they just set up a table for us in the middle of the hammers and paintbrushes, and serve us a lovely meal of falafel, fatush and humus out there!
All this searching has cost us an awful lot of time, though, so we barely make it for the last metro which ...
... The hustle and bustle of huge crowds of locals shopping made the city seem more alive than during our first visit. We also saw more of the populated areas, rather than the government buildings and historic monuments of our first trip. As I said, Tashkent doesn't have too much history. Highlights for me were the massive bazaar in its huge building, the surprisingly beautiful art nouveau subway stations, and the oldest Koran in the ...
... used for meetings as often as once a year!
From there on we just ignore our map, and wander from impressive building to impressive monument to impressive building; finally ending up at the Mustaqilik Maydoni, a large park/square with some pelicans/herons over a marble gate guarding the Parliament building and a Crying Mother Statue (we'll find a crying mother in every single Central Asian city, memorizing the fallen sons of the ...
... after maybe 30 seconds or a minute, they would look at me and smile and then wave me on saving me countless cooking moments on the road side.
It has been the case that the number of road blocks has been steadily increasing the further East I have headed, so that in Uzbekistan they are now about ever 30 miles or so. Though I had slipped out of about 6 requests to pull over on my route to Tashkent, just as I was about to enter the city, and hence I was already ...
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