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"Sheep flock!"

Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | Views [700]

March 26: Chill in Urgench The third day in Urgench/Khorezm and my last full day in Uzbekistan was very chill and enjoyable, spent meandering through the bazaar (which is pleasantly familiar to those in Tajikistan and the rest of Central Asia) ... Read more >

World Water Day (almost) at the Aral Sea (almost)

Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 | Views [4172] | Comments [2]

March 25: Moynaq From Urgench, we hired a car into the depths of Karakal-Pakstan, the autonomous region that some Uzbeks refer to as the “Wild Wild West” due to alleged banditry. Residents of Karakal-Pakstan are ethnically and linguistically ... Read more >

Road trippin' through the ages

Wednesday, 15 Apr 2009 | Views [996]

March 23: Bukhara to Urgench We caught a ride out to Urgench, the capital of the Khorezm province, with a friend of a friend heading the same way. Western Uzbekistan is in stark contrast to the eastern urban centers, with the landscape dominated ... Read more >

My last holiday in the 'Stans

Sunday, 12 Apr 2009 | Views [2059]

March 21: Navruz I was pretty excited to be spending Navruz (the Muslim New Year) in Bukhara, the former jewel of the Islamic world! We started the day off by watching some traditional Uzbek music and dancing performed near the apartment (each ... Read more >

Central Asia's ultimate melting pot

Thursday, 9 Apr 2009 | Views [3142] | Comments [1]

March 18: Rainy Day Beats The drive to Bukhara was rainy and relatively uneventful. We met a friend of a friend upon arrival, who notably brought me a bouquet of field flowers to welcome me to the city (how sweet!). He also speaks Tajik, which ... Read more >

Gallery: Uzbekistan - West

Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

Includes: Khiva, Urgench, Moynaq & Aral Sea
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Gallery: Uzbekistan - Bukhara

Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

Includes: Arc, carpet bazaar, Great Mosque, Kalon Minaret, Mir-i-Arab Medrassa, Lebi Khaus town pond, Jewish quarter, Navruz celebrations, Somoni Mausoleum, Baha-uddin Nankshbandi complex, Emir's summer palace, Chor Bakir complex, tolban wedding celebration
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Gallery: Uzbekistan - Samarkand

Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

Includes: Gur Emir, Registan, Bibi Khanym mausoleum, Timur's mosque, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, wine factory, Ulugbek Observatory, Al-Bukhari mosque and mausoleum
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... and onto the Silk Road

Sunday, 5 Apr 2009 | Views [2439]

March 17: Samarkand 101 Farid’s friend is a bit concerned about my OVIR registration – apparently with the upcoming Navruz holiday, officials could just refuse to register me and subsequently deport me – so we’re rushing to Bukhara a little faster ... Read more >

Crossing the border...

Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | Views [1240]

March 16: Dushanbe (Tajikistan) to Samarkand (Uzbekistan) I left Tajikistan, my home-away-from-home for the past 8 months, early this morning. As always before a big trip, I was up all night packing, re-packing, and running through mental check-... Read more >

On the road, for real

Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Views [344]

I finished my internship with the Aga Khan Foundation at the end of February and spent the next couple of weeks begrudgingly sorting out some messy visas. I left Tajikistan on March 16th, walked across the border to Uzbekistan, and, despite the large ... Read more >

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