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... school days. Rick confided that he developed his American accent from watching the Simpson's. Dave subsequently noticed a bit of Mr. Burns in Rick's accent.
We learned that Uzbeki teenagers after age 14 are expected to volunteer a month yearly during cotton harvest and pick cotton. Their meager compensation rarely enough to cover their transport. And apparently it is forbidden to take pictures of cotton pickers.. ...
... of the length of the year, were as accurate as any done.... For lunch we visited a paper-maker, who uses mulberry wood and the old skills at his craft. and then on to the Shah-I- Zinda funerary complex. The innermost shrine is that of a cousin of Mohammed, so it's a great place of pilgrimage, and then other important people wanted to be buried nearby, including Timur's niece, and the family of Uleg Beg. At one point the buildings ...
... purpose was fulfilled, it was abandoned; destroyed by religious zealots in 1449 (after its builder had been executed on orders of his own son), it was only rediscovered by a committed archaeologist named Vyatkin just over a century ago.
All that remains is a giant sextant, now augmented by a brief but excellent museum. It mattered little- here we witnessed the evidence of that nebulous era, albeit at its very twilight, when the Islamic ...
... is king and has been one of Uzbekistan's major exports.
Samarkand is an ancient city, founded around 2750 years ago. Alexander the Great added it to his empire in 329 BC. Arabs arrived in the 7th century, bringing Islam with them. Ghengis Khan completely leveled the city in the 13th century, and it was rebuilt in a new location a short distance away. Samarkand was a major city on the Silk Road and became the capital of Amir Timur's empire in the 14th ...
... spices, fabulous-looking vegetables and fruit (I wish I had such produce for sale near me), breads. Kyla had a sudden low, so we sat outside for a bit to let her recover. Then we had lunch, sitting on a patio near the bazaar. It was very pleasant, but they forced us to pay for music, which was annoying. (I worried about it when I saw the band lacked a hat to pass around.)
After lunch, we walked all the way down the hill to another mausoleum, in the ancient city, ...