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... and enjoyed themselves. We took a shared taxi back to Samarkand.
Dinner with the Kids
For dinner, we went to simple place Dave had found yesterday for a small bite. The electricity had gone out so our choice was manti and tomato cucumber salad by candle light. Rick has very expressive face and is a great comedian, tells great jokes. Dave came up with a few from his ...
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. ...
... the continent; Ulugh was mediocre in war, and yet is immortalised by having both a lunar crater and an asteroid in his name. His star catalogue of 1437, Zij-i-Sultani, is the thesis that earned him such celestial doctorates. And it was researched at the observatory that had been completed some thirteen years previously.
Unfortunately, the value of permanent posts for watching the stars had not yet been realised at that time; once ...
... of Amir Timur & other family members. The next place was the majestic Registan, which you may recognise from the photos. There are 3 main buildings around a huge square, a marketplace in the past, part of the Silk Road route. The medressa on the left is 15th century, the other 2 17th century. Any earlier buildings had been destroyed by Genghis Khan. These mosques and medressas were elaborately decorated and quite incredible. We visited a carpet ...
After breakfast (which we had in the courtyard this morning), we met our driver and started out of town. We had a long drive to Samarkand, mostly along a straight stretch of highway through towns and agricultural fields. We spent the day spotting what donkeys were carting (a Lada and a cow were our favorites) and generally being very silly. There were three stops: a ceramics factory and a caravansary, then lunch.