Hotel Malika Samarkand
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... regulation will the scofflaw ignore, hotel registration?
Nearby, we stopped at a rooftop restaurant for lunch. The traditional cuisine is a bit monotonous' especially since it is not much different from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan cooking. Plov, their version of pilaf, mixed with carrot and other vegetables is so greasy that the lard sticks to the roof ...
... after but Dave's agent wanted to see every picture on Dave's camera and computer. Finally after 30 minutes, Dave came out. All three of us figured we better head for bathroom which turned out to be one of the filthiest we've ever encountered.
Border Snakes & Cotton Pickers
Outside the border taxis and money changers surrounded us. Our goal was to get to Samarkand today. It was ...
... very close together so it is an alley way of these magnificent tiled facades, and at one point one is surrounded by it in close quarters. My camera wasn't capable of capturing that feeling.
One note, the guide said that one time a group of American Christians stood outside one of the chambers with perfect acoustics and sang Amazing Grace. Surprisingly they didn't get in trouble, because even the imam (Muslim leader )thought it sounded so ...
... of Registan square came alive in the early morning sunshine. The buildings composed of turquoises, blues, saffron and terracotas, beamed in the light. The background soundtrack of birdsong added another layer to the enjoyment of this amazing sunrise. From my precipice, I could see a vastly diverse city- one which was clinging on to the magical history and architecture of the Silk Road days, yet had allowed a modern era to afflict it in some ...
... checks, a body temperature check (37degrees exactly) and V5 check later we were to begin the lengthy form filling process that marked our entry into Uzbekistan. By this point two other teams had caught up along with the Dutch team we'd met at the Door to Hell who were doing the 'Roof of the world' rally. One of the requirements of the forms was to declare all foreign currency, we had been informed that any amount found over the declared amount was frequently taken by border ...