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Samarkand I was happy to be back at a backpackers' joint - Bahodir B&B. While at a internet cafe, I met an entrepreneur-minded 17 year old teenager who wanted to practice his English. I accepted his offer to show me the sights the next day. Samarkand (population 400K) is a very important Silk Road city. All the touristy sites are within walking …
Bukhara was another major stop on the Silk Road. Our hotel was on Lyabi-Hauz, a beautiful square built around a central pool. I am sure that it is a great place to hang out on a hot summer night. The hotel itself was gorgeous. The entrance opened onto a typical central Asian style courtyard with the breakfast bar situated on the patio above. The …
September 25, 2014
SAMARKAND to BUKHARA by train 3 hours ($9 each)
Sarrafon B&B $35, double including breakfast
Slow Train Coming
Word was that there are always open seats on the train to Bukhara and we didn't bother buying our seats in advance. We took a taxi to the station and found the ticket booth easily enough but they took FOREVER with each customer. Luckily, we had ...
... It contains a few renovated rooms inside & some museum displays. We saw a few other mausoleum structures, then had lunch before retreating to our hotel room during the heat of the afternoon. Overall, I guess not a lot has really changed over the centuries. There are mosques, medressas, squares full of merchants selling carpets, silk goods, metal stuff, paintings, and these days, souvenirs. Had dinner with an interesting Aussie couple who do a lot of adventure travel as well. Big ...
... so that the gold only appeared on the front. Gold thread is much too expensive to have it hidden.
The embroidery shop had an example of the cradles Uzbeks used for babies. The child was strapped to the cradle on his or her back and could then be carried by the mother to where she worked, be it kitchen or field. Because children spent 8 to 12 hours a day the first 1 1/2 years in the cradle, the backs of the heads of many Uzbeks are flat. ...