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Photos of Khiva

Photos of Khiva

I pushed on towards Khiva, rather than camp – it would have been the crap kind of camping. Where you have to hide and make no noise and try not to be seen. There were simply too many houses and people from the main road to Khiva. Nothing like the desert the day...
Photos of Bukhara

Photos of Bukhara

After Samarkand, came Bukhara. On the route I’m cycling west, at least. It was the same for those merchants from the East trading along the Silk Road so many centuries ago, millennia even. Well-preserved Another central Asian city that has changed hands almost as...
Photos of Samarkand

Photos of Samarkand

Samarkand was founded around 700BC by the Sogdians. It became one of the greatest cities in the world at the time due to it’s central location on the Silk Road, connecting China with the East. The Registan – centre of old Samarkand Later it became a centre of...
Bukhara – the last of the Uzbek trinity

Bukhara – the last of the Uzbek trinity

Frazzled by the heat of the desert and the long drive from Khiva we were looking forward to our return to the profusion of decent, cheap accommodation options in Bukhara.Previously we had stayed at the New Moon Hotel, not yet in any of the guidebooks and a recent...
Khivan Forts

Khivan Forts

Lonely Planet, from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee… for hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee… Stuffed to bursting with the delights of old Khiva we planned another early start to head back to Bukhara and some boutique hotel...
State of the Union (& Khiva)

State of the Union (& Khiva)

I….I….I’m not very well…. For just over forty years the collection of matter that constitutes the entity that is Mark Bowen has existed in a state union of reasonable peace and security.  All that was to change – after a night out in...
Uzbekistan – and the hunt for Dizel

Uzbekistan – and the hunt for Dizel

Typically long queue for petrol Warning:  This blog is intended for those intending to travel to Uzbekistan and wishing to understand the fuel situation. For everyone else, seriously, save yourself the bother and don’t read this. It really is quite dull… The road...
Uzbekistan – Samarkand

Uzbekistan – Samarkand

Border formalities finally completed in 7+ hours, we gained an hour of that back with a strange time change in the “wrong” direction – but one which benefitted our busy schedule that day. With an extra hour of daylight now available to us we pushed on towards...
Crossing into Uzbekistan

Crossing into Uzbekistan

This was the border crossing we had been dreading, for a number of reasons. Medications: First on our list of worries was the strict Uzbek rules regarding the carriage of medicines. There are a number of horror stories on travellers websites and blogs from people who...
Povestea celor trei orase – Samarkand

Povestea celor trei orase – Samarkand

Samarkand… Numele e de ajuns pentru a face imaginatia sa zburde. Orasul care a supravietuit tragediilor si ambitiilor a doua imperii – cel al lui Tamerlan si cel bolsevic, e chiar si azi considerat un pol al culturii musulmane. Odinioara insa povestile despre aceste...
Povestea celor trei orase – Bokhara

Povestea celor trei orase – Bokhara

Intre Khiva si Bokhara hotaram sa mergem in trei, si sa dam o raita pe la asa-numitele castele de nisip, adica ruinele altor orase antice. Stralucitoare odinioara, azi doar mormane – impresionante de altfel – de nisip si piatra.       Pistele de ajuns...
Povestea celor trei orase – Khiva

Povestea celor trei orase – Khiva

Imediat la iesirea din Moynak incepe dansul. Nu sunt bani. Nu e benzina. Decat de 80, si la bidoane la micii intreprinzatori, si la benzinaria din targ.   Mobrele gafaie si pufaie cu lichidul asta nenorocit in vintre. Parca si matele noastre fac a foame, si...