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... all the dust. )
This horse is an important part of their cultural heritage. Numbers dwindled during the Soviet era when many were exported to Russia and other countries. Now there is significant effort by equine organizations around the world helping to grow it back in the country. Export is forbidden.
We visited a family stable which has raised these horses for over 300 years ( they were stopped during the Communist times ). They ...
... places surely does not augur too well.
And so we watched the superfluous and grandiloquent five-star hotels go past; we viewed the impressive domes of the Presidential Palace (photos forbidden, as you may guess), the numerous scarcely imaginable monuments (more on those anon), until we reached our not unimpressive hotel(featuring a glass elevator!).
Internet access was out of the question; when speaking indoors about the political ...
... weeks we have been eating a fair amount too. In the heat they are very thirst quenching.
* The coordinates AG has for the hotel turn out to be slightly inaccurate and we must ask the way several times. Our hotel is actually located within the old city walls and is ideally located for exploring the old town.
*In the 8C Khiva was a trading post on a side branch of the main Silk Routes. It later became capital of the Uzbeck ...
... in 2017, this policy is expected to be relaxed and the hospitality sector is bound to expand.
*We learn that the various government buildings, invariably constructed in white marble, tell an architectural story. So for instance the Ministry of Health resembles a needle injecting medication ( see photo ). The Ministry of education resembles the shape of an open book and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a huge globe integrated into its upper dome. And ...
*Our hotel does not meet expectations. Any expectations. It's called the Candybil Hotel and we have been put here because the hotel of our original choice is no longer available. AG says it is possibly the worst managed hotel he has ever seen - there appears to be no management. And at a rack rate of $75, you can be sure we will complain. The curtains fall down when we pull to close. The shower head has snapped from its hose and so there is no shower. And ...