Hotel Grand Samarkand
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... near the Bibi -Khanim Mosque for light lunch of delicious pumpkin dumplings. An exhausted looking Dutch tour guide guide walked up and sat at table near us. His group had free time. He has been guiding for eight years and needless to say, loves his job. His group sizes range from 13 to 22 people.
We found a frazzled Dave on the covered upstairs terrace at the hotel. His experience with ...
September 21, 2014
DUSHANBE to SAMARKAND 483 k
Hotel Abdu (Bahodir 2) $15 per person, ensuite with breakfast
Uzbekistan $1=3000 Som
More bribes, stacks of money and cranking our negotiation skills up a notch.
Night Under the Persimmon Tree
Mohamed, our driver, spent the night in the yard under the persimmon tree on one of those large dining "beds" so common here. ...
... mosque hasn't been restored, and this is stunning in its own way. Our guide noted that restorers were often underskilled, and not paid well, so they weren't well enough motivated. He had been an artist himself, and this clearly pained him, hoping future restoration efforts will be better. This does not take away from the overall impact of these structures.... We visited the local market, full of nuts, fruits. The area is known for its ...
... on our itinerary. A wholly Uzbek ass, head proudly cocked and passing at an impressive trot, was the most noteworthy event. It mattered little to me, though, for my mind was occupied with musings on our destination.
This was the site of the observatory of Mīrzā Muhammad Tāraghay bin Shāhrukh, better known as Ulugh Beg, astronomer, mathematician and Timurid ruler. His grandfather may have been a military genius and a ...
... not eligible to make such a purchase he enlisted the help of his brother's friend's mother-in-law who lived in Tashkent. When they registered the sale, the mother-in-law mentioned that she had ten properties in her name because of similar arrangements.
We are on the train to Samarkand and passing through desert that has been converted to farmland. Perhaps you are familiar with the Soviet system of central planning with five-year plans. Since ...