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September 27, 2014 - Buckhara
Away Journey From the Tourist Quarter
Cissy is still not 100 % but after taking some meds, she decided to go with us in direction to the Ark, the old city wall. It is a fortress or citadel dating to the 5th century.We admired it from the outside and did not bother to go inside.
We passed the wooden pillared Bolo Hauz mosque on our way to ...
Chevrolet is well established in Uzbekistan.
They don't have oil here, but they do have natural gas, so they convert most of their vehicles. It's common to see a truck with gas tanks like this.
Even the bottled water has chlorine in it. I hate the taste, but at least it's clean !
We drove across the desert today. On one hand not a lot to see, and on ...
... been rescued from the bin and fried- highly plausible, since three independent sources concurred that it had all the texture of a mouthful of dirt. The only saving grace was that we had some alcoholic beverages, as well as our own sound system blasting out Uzbek pop!
Since the bill only came to about €7 each, we weren't too dismayed. We left the restaurant with bellies full of laughter rather than food, and fond memories of the Uzbek dining experience! ...
... for our journey. There is nothing healthy to buy. Even the vegetables look dry and shriveled. We will have to eat something en route to Bukhara so SG buys carton of carrot juice ( nutritious? ) , local bread ( got to fill stomach with something ) coca cola ( good for temporary replenishment of electrolytes lost through constant perspiration ) crisps ( nice and salty ) and a snickers bar ( got to treat ourselves occasionally). SG is horrified by ...
... used to cut patterns for embroidery. The original emroidery patterns were cut from leather, but switched to cardboard when it was introduced in the 18th century.
Next door a woman demonstrated how she stitched gold thread over the pattern. Gold is mined near Bukhara, so it is common in embroidered pieces and in jewelry. She carefully zigzagged the gold thread over the pattern, 26 stitches to a cm. She anchored each end of the zig or zag with ...