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October 13, 2014 TASHKENT
Russian Orthodox Center
Again, we called the Indian Embassy. Still, no new news on our visa.
Explored the area of Tashkent around the Russian Orthodox Cathedral Complex. Cissy had been already so it was just the two of us.
The complex is three sky blue building with glistening gold ice cream cone domes. (built in ...
... our way back to our hotel we picked up a casaba type melon and shared it with the guests at the hotel.
Strumming the Dutar
The guest house owner, who doesn't speak much English but really tries to communicate, expertly cut up the melon. One Japanese girl from Hokkaido who studies Uzbek History is here with her brother for 7 days. We never found out about the French ...
... gone. Sam the Swedophonic Finn, whose interest in pointless information dovetails neatly with mine, tried to console me by describing it as little more than a trickle, a minor brooklet compared to the Amu Darya.
Now dear reader, you know that I could never be accused of hyperbole, so hear me when I declare this episode of riparian neglicence to be a cankerous festering purulent ulcer on my soul, a Banquo's apparition that will pursue ...
... dish and source of much pride is plov, a form of rice pilaf with chickpeas and raisins. Bread is ubiquitous; the preferred version is rather flat and round with a decorative stamp in the middle. Somsas are meat-filled sandwich-like snacks. We have had tasty, meat based vegetable soups and lagman, a noodle soup. Beef is the primary form of meat we have eaten. Lamb is also common, but is more frequently served in winter since it is fattier. Uzbekis also eat pork, rather surprising ...
... away behind high walls. This sits rather less comfortably with us visitors and is also somewhat ironic as all the old photos of early 20th century Bukhara show that the iconic squares were one huge teeming mass of market traders, tents, animals and the like. Quirks of Soviet-style urban cleansing aside, Samarkand most certainly did not disappoint. After a couple of days in Istanbul, 3 weeks in Iran and over two in Uzbekistan, Samarkand is the Silk Route big daddy ...