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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 ...
... and fruit. There seemed to be an aisle for everything - baskets, fabrics, candies, cakes, toys, etc. It was a little early for lunch so we decided to come back to the market after a walk to some mosques on the north side of the city. The architecture here was amazing. I was standing in a large plaza with brick buildings with blue domes and high minarets surrounding me. This is my first taste of this architecture - the mosques will be older and more beautiful ...