Day 34: Parkent Solar Furnace

Just an hour and a half outside Tashkent, a fascinating Soviet relic sits perched on a hillside near the village of Changikhisarak.  One of the Soviet Wonders of the World, the физика-солнце, literally "Physics Sun" Institute of Uzbekistan, is the second biggest solar furnace in the world surpassed only by the Odeillo solar furnace in the Pyrenees … Continue reading Day 34: Parkent Solar Furnace

Day 35: Yangiobod Bazaar

Much more than just a flea market, Yangiobod Bazaar is a treasure trove for basically anything you could possibly ever want, or think you might want.  For collectors of Soviet era memorabilia, this place is a gold mine.  Bargains to be had, and savvy dealers swapping propaganda pins, watches, medals, coins, old and rare books, … Continue reading Day 35: Yangiobod Bazaar

Day 36: Islam Khoja Complex

Additional proof that monuments don't need to be ancient in order to preserve historic ambiance, the Islam Khoja complex is just 100 years old, founded in 1908 by Asfandiyar Khan's enlightened Vizier, none other than Islam Khoja.  Timing was bad for everyone unlucky enough to be in a position of power during this period of … Continue reading Day 36: Islam Khoja Complex

Day 37: Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpet Factory

One of the most interesting things to do on a trip to Uzbekistan is to visit a carpet factory.  Central Asia has a long history of carpet making and selling.  Merchants have showcased their best products in the Tim Abdulla Khan trade dome in Bukhara for centuries, and carpet sellers and workshops still exist in all … Continue reading Day 37: Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpet Factory

Day 38: Turki Jandi Mausoleum

Whenever we hear a monument or historic landmark described as "seldom visited," "off the beaten path," "or away from the core tourist area," it acts like a magnet drawing our immediate interest.  Always in search of authentic, un-renovated, and huge fans of the anti-disneyfication movement, nothing makes us more excited than raw unadulterated history.  The … Continue reading Day 38: Turki Jandi Mausoleum

Day 39: Somsa

Nothing says Uzbek street food like a savoury stuffed pastry.  Uzbekisan's answer to hot pockets (but way better), the somsa (or samsa/Самса) is an inescapable part of daily life in Uzbekistan, where taxi drivers and policemen line up for the tasty snacks early in the morning, and national food cafés and street kiosks light up … Continue reading Day 39: Somsa

Day 40: Bolo-Hauz Mosque

Perhaps the most picturesque mosque in Bukhara, the 18th to early 20th century Bolo-Hauz Mosque was built during the tumultuous reign of Abulfaz Khan under the Bukhara Khanate.  The mosque was constructed in the year 1712 in a time of political chaos which included separation of the Khanate of Kokand, and invasion by Iranian conqueror … Continue reading Day 40: Bolo-Hauz Mosque