Fast and Furious out of Uzbekistan

Osh (Kyrgyzstan), 02.06.2013

Exhausted from the previous day we overslept, and then it took us ages to do some urgent stuff online, the WiFi was soooo slow. We left the hotel late, and tried to get some cash from various ATMs in big hotels, that we were told would work. None of them did. Also, the gas stations in Tashkent, if open at all, have no diesel. So we headed out of town, to drive 390 km to the border in Fergana that the border police in Dasoguz had indicated us as the best one in the area. Initially we drove normally, avoiding potholes and Daewoo Matiz’ that don’t know where to go. But as also yesterday, the longer we drove, the longer those 390 km seemed to become. Continue reading “Fast and Furious out of Uzbekistan”

Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent

Tashkent (Uzbekistan), 01.06.2013

The display told us it is 40 degrees Celsius hot, sweat was running down our bodies in rivers, there was no wind on the little square in front of the hotel. Only someone stupid would get into the car now and leave a place of such a magic like Bukhara. Or in a rush. We had woken up in the very charming hotel Komil, built around several courtyards and hidden behind a big wooden portal, decorated with engravings, separating it from the shabby and dusty road. Breakfast was served in an amazing room with high ceilings and walls completely decorated with frescoes and ornaments, a mix of geometrical and floral designs. You eat almost more with your eyes admiring the many panels on the walls or the wooden bars of the ceiling, then tasting the great food. Continue reading “Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent”