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Timur’s Revenge

January 11, 2014


The Chorsu Cafeteria under a shashlik smoke-screen I have had a number of students from Uzbekistan while working in Almaty, and three of them had advised me to make sure I try both Samarkand plov and Tashkent plov. The main difference between the two, in theory, is that Samarkand plov is cooked with the rice separate from the meat and carrots, whereas in Tashkent plov it is all cooked together. Blinded by the incredible goodness from the Samarkand bazaar plov, Saranna, Eli and I anxiously ordered bowls of plov in the Chorsu bazaar. The Tashkent plov was notably different, probably because no one else in the complex was eating it, unlike in Samarkand where we had to wait for a table because everyone within a mile radius was eating the delicious concoction.


January 11, 2014


Women sitting in Shah-I-Zinda The next day, we met up with Eli and tried to walk from The Registan to Afrosiab. Along the way, we stopped by the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda, or the Avenue of Mausoleums. Both of these stops were incredibly impressive, the Bibi-Khanym was simply massive and beautiful, and the intricacies of the Shah-I-Zinda were astounding.

The Registan

December 17, 2013


The domes of the Tilla-Kari Medressa from the minaret tower The view from the top was amazing. We could see the foothills of the Pamir mountains in the distance, and all of the ancient buildings of Samarkand as well. We took pictures for a while, but I definitely put down my camera for a while to take in the view. It was the highlight of the trip.

Portals of Bukhara

December 16, 2013


The courtyard of the Kalon Mosque The relative shine and newness of the Kalon Minaret area was not present only a few blocks away at the Ulugbek Medressa and the painted Adbul Aziz Khan Medressa. These two massive schools have remained mostly untouched for the last 500+ years, giving a much clearer picture of what it might have been like to study the Koran there in 1417.

Super Kolsai Lakes Weekend

October 15, 2013


We were able to escape the city for a long weekend out at Kolsai Lakes with some of my awesome friends here. The second night we camped on the shores of the second lake, and it was the night of the "Super Moon," which meant we had some fun and animal spirits were high.

Bangkok, I Shit Love You

August 1, 2013


John and Rosie in front of the Golden Palace The Temples and tourists were positively amazing, but the heat was overwhelming. We walked back to the train, where a very nice lady overheard us speaking in English, and after some conversation, hailed us a tuk-tuk to take us to China Town. We zipped through the city to a place where it's nearly impossible to walk down the sidewalk without bumping into someone, seeing some amazing (and hilarious) things for sale, and getting distracted very quickly.

Give yourself a hi-five, you’re on Ton Sai

July 31, 2013


Back on-board After turning in the kayak, we evaluated the options on Ton Sai for the best place to post up for New Years Eve. After perusing a few different places, we stumbled into one where a couple of guys were asking the audience if any one can play the drums. I stepped in, and proceeded to jam out with some other tourists playing an odd mix of mellow jazzy stuff with a touch of reggae when some local guys joined in. We played right up to the countdown, and then watched some pretty rad fireworks taking place on the beaches all around. It was a very different place compared to dancing in a bar in Silverton like I did the year prior, but both were undoubtedly some of the most fun I've ever had for New Years.