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"We travel not for trafficking alone; By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned: For lust of knowing what should not be known
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand." - James Ellroy Flecker
 

Highlights
Sunset over Khiva, views from Kalon Minaret (Bukhara), Gur Emir mausoleum (Samarkand), hectic bazaars

lows
Diarrhea in "Duke-ara" and "Ass-Kent", lunatic taxi drivers, 110+ degree F days in Nukus

head scratchers
Plov - breakfast, lunch and dinner; adhesive in Uzbek hats makes foreheads smell like Thai fish sauce, can anyone tell me where all the pasta sold in the bazaars goes?

 

 

population (mn)

25.6 million
capital Tashkent
languages Uzbek, Russian
religion Muslim
currency Sum

  Click on the thumbnail shots below to see larger photos with descriptions.  
ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 5
culture: 5
fun: 2
transport: 2
nature: 2
FOOD: 3

 

 
total score: 19/30

 

average cost per day
$US80 per day (for two)

 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 

 
  august 28, 2003   Keeping the FaitH  
  september 4, 2003   Uzbekistan's Silk Road Cities  
  september 10, 2003   The New Old Uzbekistan  
         
         
         
   
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