Hotel Grand Samarkand
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... times appear after you hit the submit button and we got one for October 1st in Tashkent. We had hoped for one sooner but now we will have time to see Bukhara before going to Tashkent for our appointment.
Rats in a Maze
Cissy and I spent the better part of the day sightseeing. We opted to try and find our way through the ...
... us off near a taxi stop, not the bus station, but what were we to do. We planted ourselves at little restaurant across the street under shade tree. An elder taxi driver had been stalking us, he apparently lives in Samarkand and was anxious to land our business. He started at $60 (180000 som) and we agreed on 130000 ($43) for the 371km (7.5hrs)
He turned out to be ...
... on a drain cover to forever grace their holiday album) and Team Scrumptious we were stuck fast. Turning mirth into strains we employed the help of the bystanders to lift the front of the car and roll it back, thankfully undamaged. We arrived at a hotel that from the outside with its mud walls looked only marginally better than the previous nights accommodation. Rather dubiously I walked in the door to be greeted with a wood panelled and tiled courtyard, the walls immaculate ...
... twenty-eight towers of fifteen hundred heads apiece.
Scholars have estimated that 40 million people died in the Mongol conquests of the 13th century, ranking just below the death toll of WWII and the Chinese famine under Mao in the all-time list of Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other. And if you compare the Mongol conquests' death count to the other two in terms of a percentage of the global population at the time, the conquests beat them both.
... to cook in the tombs. According to the guidebook this is Uzbekistan's most beautiful monument, and the photo permit is priced accordingly at 4000 Sum. Maybe we are just sated with turquoise domes; the many different styles of decoration are interesting - mosaic, majolica tile, glazed terracotta, painting - but we have seen more beautiful things on this trip.
Our final lunch at last allows us to encounter plov, the national dish of Uzbekistan, made preferably by ...