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Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | Views [1339]

ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE EXCEEDED OUR PHOTO LIMIT and it is time to begin Chapter 3 of the Vagabonds saga.  We had hoped to finish out our time in the “peaceful ‘Stans” in vagabondstoo, but it was not to be.  We are on our way back ... Read more >


Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | Views [1096]

SAMARKAND IS ONE OF CENTRAL ASIA’S OLDEST and most impressive cities.  This is as true today as it was when Alexander the Great arrived in 329 BCE when it was known as Marakanda.  Samarkand was a major market on the Silk Road where caravans ... Read more >

The Road to Samarkand

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | Views [1205]

FOUR HOURS AND THREE HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF DESERT separate Bukhara from Shakhrisabz.  The birthplace of Timur, aka Tamerlane, is easier to spell than to pronounce.  And if you visit in 2016 it should be wonderful.  But today Shakhrisabz ... Read more >


Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | Views [1370]

THERE IS LITTLE BUT DESERT BETWEEN KHIVA and Bukhara and it took us six hours to reach town.  Norbek is an excellent driver and is proud of his brand new Uzbekan-made Chevy.  We can’t help but marvel that he knows all the turns since ... Read more >

Navruz in Khiva

Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | Views [1234]

THE HISTORY OF KHIVA MAY WELL GO BACK TO NOAH’S flood when legend says it was founded by his son, Shem.  What remains of the double-walled city today is more recent, mostly from the 18 th Century.  Khiva is so well preserved that ... Read more >

Nukus and the Vanishing Aral Sea

Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | Views [1267]

WHAT AT FIRST APPEARED TO BE ROTTEN WINTER SNOW is actually salt — NaCl, not SnOw.  We are in Nukus, 1150 km northeast of Tashkent and as good a place as any to begin our discovery of Uzbekistan.  While we were whinging about a second ... Read more >

Photos: Uzbekistan

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | Views [1610]

THE SOVIETS ARE GONE BUT THEIR MENTALITY lives on in Uzbekistan.  The visa process was just the tip of the iceberg.  Before landing in Tashkent we had to declare everything of value — cameras, lenses, ipod, Kindle, computer —... Read more >

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