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"Hungarian traveller Arminius Vambery visited Khiva in 1863. One of his first encounters was with 8 old men lying on their backs, having their eyes gouged out by the Khan's executioner, who wiped the knife clean on each victim's beard before moving on to the next." ('The Silk Roads', Trailblazer guide)
Happily, nothing so ...
The head purser, eager to practice his English, spent 30 minutes in our compartment chatting with us. And repeated that if we needed anything at all, we can count on him. And he was true to his word. I asked him if there was an outlet in our compartment so we could recharge our electronics. "No, but please give the items to the purser, he ...
Khiva is an ancient Silk Road town - it operated a slave market for 3 centuries on which its wealth was based. They point out the places in the East Gate where slaves for sale were displayed but otherwise there isn't much evidence of its trading past. The caravanserai and bazaar are 'closed for restoration'.
So what is there - and why Disneyland. It is a walled town - actually there were two sets of walls. The area inside the inner walls known ...
Of the many stunning structures, first we saw the fortress and residence for rulers, first built in 12c, but the highest period was 16th c.
Khiva was an important center of learning with many madrassas, which are Islamic colleges. In addition to religion, they teach other subjects and specialize in math, fine arts, etc. The decoration of these buildings is jaw dropping.
... schedule developed by the tour company instead of me.
So feeling quite 'done' on the bus...then we arrived at the ancient Silk Road oasis of Khiva, which legend says was founded where Shem, son of Noah (!) discovered water in the desert !
And then the moon rose over the city wall, and I knew that view was the same to travelers centuries ago. To me, moments like that are worth whatever it takes to get there !
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