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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 ...
... there for ages counting out piles of 1000 som notes, and you find yourself arguing the toss about whether a taxi ride should be 3000 or 4000, then realise you are arguing about 20p!
So I saw another market (very well organised), mosques and madrassas, a 7th century Koran (and lots of others not quite so old) and the Museum of History and the ex=Romanov palace and piles og very ugly new buildings. See the ...
... carpets and fabrics. We arrived in the Fergana Valley, which is just a bunch of small towns, late the afternoon and got very excited when we pulled up to the hotel Suse had booked and discovered there was a swimming pool. It was definitely the fanciest hotel we had stayed in yet, was like a resort club hotel, although Suse had had to dramatically stretch the budget to get us in there. We spent the rest of the evening swimming and lounging by the ...
... down a manhole like the poor sidewalks in other developing countries). There is much less litter here. It is also considerably more expensive than Kyrgyzstan - about 50% to 100% more expensive. It has also gotten much colder. I have a feeling that the last 5 weeks of this trip will be much colder - hat and glove weather. I've been planning on throwing out a pair of shorts that are too big and heavy to carry around and this finally might be the time to do it.