Out of that noisy city that is Tashkent and back to the niceness that is Samarkand. I do not plan on being here for long however. Tomorrow I head for east of Samarkand. About 200km east is a national park…I will get back to you on the name of it, but I will head there and then head to Tashkent again by bike from there.
The reason for all this galavanting is because it takes 10 days for my Turkmenistan visa to be issued. Therefore, I have to wait until the 24th of November before I can pick it up from Tashkent. I will make my way to Tashkent slowly, taking in the sights, and then catch a train back to Samarkand once I have picked up my visa. From Samarkand it is off to Bukhara, another ancient Silk Road city, about 300km from Samarkand.
Oh, and here is a photo of my current look. I call it the ‘Mujahed Mop’.
Eatery at a bazaar in Samarkand.
Quick update from Tashkent.
After a quick 2 hour ride, I am now in Samarkand, the famous ancient Silk Road city. It certainly does not disappoint with the architecture.
I am staying at Bahodir’s Bed and Breakfast, a nice youth hostel in Samarkand that gets many foreign travellers. At present however it is almost empty. I am here at a good time of year – cool days and not too many tourists clogging the streets.