Radisson Blu Hotel, Tashkent
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- Continental Breakfast
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... with my driver offering 3800 som to the dollar from a glove compartment stuffed full of money. "I'm a moving ATM" he said as he tossed piles of cash into the back - the highest note in Uzbek som is a 5000 which is worth approximately a pound, so money is carried around in thick bundles. A few days later in the trip we would be offered a whopping 4900 som to the dollar - meaning that the official rate is nearly half of the black market value. This has ...
... terrorist activity. We certainly value our religiously tolerant society back home and would not willingly live in an authoritarian police state, but one does wonder what a population may be prepared to give up if potential terrorist activity is a constant threat. There is an Uzbek terrorist group, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has recently preformed terror attacks in the country and which has now aligned with ISIS. Similarly, having ...
... boulevards, expansive squares, fountains, and everything is very clean, though it all feels a bit formal and stiff compared to more lively cities. That could also be because we were walking around during the day on a Monday, while most people are at work, mind you.
We started out by taking a taxi to Khast Imom Square, home to the classic 3 Ms that will form the basis of our visit of all places in Uzbekistan: mosque, minaret, madrasa. The madrasa ...
... Oguz and the hot spring area around Arashan were trash free, skies were clear and it was just plain gorgeous.
We hit Tajikistan quickly, and got just a small taste of the culture with simple subsistence farms along the river and views across to Afghanistan for even simpler lifestyles. Moonscapes with dry and dramatic high mountains are now etched in our memories.
Uzbekistan is something else altogether. It has many ...
... in the 90's and ongoing) Inside the main Assumption Cathedral are kitschy religious icons. Instead of a donation box (I am sure they have one somewhere) they have a bread seller with dense dark bread which turned out to be delicious. . We wandered around the interesting Mirobad green bazaar (fruit, veggies, salads, meat and miscellaneous) near the Cathedral.
We metro'd back to Chorsu and walked over to Gulnara B&B ...