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... capital was moved to Bokhara and Samarkand went into decline. Over the years the great buildings decayed until the Soviets embarked on a huge programme of restoraton to promote the tourist industry. (see later)
My arrival in Samarkand was not on a golden road but on the AfroSiaob bullet train which shuutles backwards and forwards between Tashkent and Samarkand at speeds of up to 140mph. On arrival you find Samarkand is a thriving modern city, it even has a football ...
... a taxi go to the bazaar in Urgut with them tomorrow.
September 24, 2014
Urgut bazaar is described in the LP as one of THE best bazaars in Uzbekistan. We ordered a taxi for the 1 hour ride. Cissy decided to stay behind and do another round of the sights in Samarkand. So it was Hannah and Rick and us.
....At the market, we agreed to meet ...
... down the population than to be useful to them.
The Long Walk Over the Border
We were dropped off about 300 meters from the first Tajik border check point. We were waved on through and after another 300 meters we got to another checkpoint where a Tajik official actually checked our passports. About 500 meters after that, we got to the Uzbek customs building.
We were given ...
... not eligible to make such a purchase he enlisted the help of his brother's friend's mother-in-law who lived in Tashkent. When they registered the sale, the mother-in-law mentioned that she had ten properties in her name because of similar arrangements.
We are on the train to Samarkand and passing through desert that has been converted to farmland. Perhaps you are familiar with the Soviet system of central planning with five-year plans. Since ...
... be open. When we arrived, it was closed. We were told, however, that it would open at 11am. So, we went to a craft center near another mausoleum (of Timur's spiritual teacher) and walked around the mausoleum, then sat around waiting to see if the mausoleum of Timur would open. About 11:30am, we realized it would not any time soon, so we opted to walk to see the bazaar and potentially another mosque. Kyla made a friend along the walk, who showed us the craft ...