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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 …
... It seems that even Chinggis was gobsmacked by this minaret when he came marauding through with his Mongols in 1220, and while he set about destroying all else around him, he spared this masterpiece. At its base stand the 16th century Kalon Mosque, now operating for religious purposes again after functioning as a warehouse during the Soviet era; and the divine turquoise domes of the blue and white tiled Mir-i-Arab ...
... was in the 1840s, not much new in the world. And as almost every other building is a handicrafts centre a little shopping was in order.
I've struck up a friendship with the Japanse gentleman in the next room (we meet a lot doing internet stuff), he is Adachi Susumu who is also retired, also over 60, also travelling alone taking two months to do the entire length of the Silk Road starting in Shanghai and finishing in Istanbul. (So ...
... only for a moment.
In late afternoon, as we walked northwards, some unnameable siren's call drew me into a small square to our right. And I beheld wonder unmaimed; the zenith of the Silk Road. When I close my eyes now, at a remove of three weeks, I am instantly transported back; its vibrancy and immediacy dims not; three years, three decades hence I vow it will endure unspoiled.
The plaza measures roughly twenty metres in ...
... text-size-adjust: auto;">*Despite the power cut, the bar continues to serve chilled beer and we discover that some restaurants still have power. We meet up with some other Mongol Rally guys - our routes are coinciding currently.This time there are 2 Austrians and 3 Americans. There is a great kindred spirit amongst independent travellers. It's easy to talk to total strangers for hours.