Travel Blogs from Samarkand
... trees, something we had not really seen since entering Uzbekistan. Our hotel was about 20 mins walk from the centre of town on a lovely wide boulevard with plenty of trees. Our guide Ben did our walking tour of Samarkand, and as usual we did get bogged down a bit in religion, but it was not too bad as we were sitting in front of some gorgeous mausoleums built by Timur for his relatives. The monuments in Samarkand were bigger and better than those in khiva, ...
... it seems the old woodwork has been replaced by metal doors. It was near a small mosque that I was approached by a man in a long purple robe and skull cap.
Him: How do you like Samarkand
Me: I like it very much <pause> but it's very cold
Him: come with me
Me: <following him> Um, where are we going?
Him: A house. A casino
I am always wary of a scam but felt that I should check this out. We just took a few ...
June was considering going but it would have meant an awkward five. Rachel is now not going but told others we could catch a cab for Shakhrisyabz near the hotel rather than going to the Registan area. I wound up going with the three newbies: Dave, Ian and Penny.
Ian was the chief negotiator. Since he thought the amount we should pay round trip was 60,000 US and not the real figure of 120,000 US, we would have gotten nowhere. Cabbies wanted 200,000 US. The ...
... got liver. It was actually fine. We had beers and things were good. We even decided on a bottle of vodka amongst the six of us [two or so shots each].
A large table of guys celebrating a birthday arrived. They eventually started dancing in a small area near both tables. One rather chubby guy was actually the best of them.
The Sisters, Dave and Dennis got grabbed in the first onslaught while I photographed the whir of the dancing. Two more rounds of dancing ...
... and only uneven surfaces basically. Whenever you look up you stumble on something. Went inside the Bibi-Khanym Mosque which once was Islam's biggest, the cupola41m high and the pishtak 38m. It partially collapsed in an earthquake in 1897 before being rebuilt in the 1970s. Continued to Registan which was only open a couple of hours due to rehearsals for a musical event with the president attending. Don't mind the tourists! Not that many of us anyway. ...