uzbekistan

Khiva & crossing the Caspian Sea

We stayed in the inner city within the 17th century walls (Itchan Kala)

We stayed in the inner city within the 17th century walls (Itchan Kala)

We rocked up to Khiva in the early evening – Tim and Nic had booked us a downstairs room at the hotel they had been staying at in the old town.
We all went out for some local Uzbek food which turned out to be similar to the rest of Central Asia but better. Instead of old fatty mutton they had beef, and there was a great dish involving stuffed peppers and roasted veg. We took a few quick pics of the Old Town by night en route home.
The next day we tagged along on a pre-booked tour with Tim, Nic and two Israeli dudes. The Israeli’s seem to love touring the Central Asia area – we have seen quite a few of them. Continue reading

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Samarkand – Bukhara, Uzbekistan

At the height of our uncertainty in Tashkent with health issues, trouble finding parts for the car and registration problems we were almost going to head for the nearest border and give up on Uzbekistan. We heard from many travellers that Uzbekistan was their favourite Central Asian country and that you could really get the whole silk road experience here. Because we mucked around for so long with visas and at the border we thought we should make the most of it. Our main concern was registration, because we had been unregistered in Tashkent for so long it was unlikely that we could get any kind of accommodation for the rest of our journey. Hotels always check your previous registration before taking you in.

A cool series of sculptures on the outskirts of Samarkand. Homage to the silk road trade.

A cool series of sculptures on the outskirts of Samarkand. Homage to the silk road trade.

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