Day 45: Supreme Assembly Chamber

Oily Majils is to Uzbekistan as the House of Representatives is to the United States.  Founded during the transition between the Supreme Soviet of the Uzbek SSR and the Parliament of an independent Uzbekistan, the Supreme Assembly was responsible for adopting the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan as the basis for what has evolved … Continue reading Day 45: Supreme Assembly Chamber

Day 46: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Not unlike some of the other significant historical monuments in Uzbekistan, it is impossible for a short narrative to do justice to the 900 year history of Sah-i-Zinda, a necropolis on the slopes of the ancient city of Afrosiyob in the Timirud capital of Samarkand.  A knowledgable guide is almost mandatory to fully appreciate the … Continue reading Day 46: Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Day 47: Navoi

When Soviet planners were considering a location to process the output of the rich gold and uranium deposits of Uzbekistan, rather than build new infrastructure in an existing city, the USSR Ministry of Atomic Energy instead chose to lay out a brand new city from scratch in the valley of the Zeravshan River about 100km … Continue reading Day 47: Navoi

Day 48: Kasim Shiah Complex

Centuries before the Soviet Union developed the planned industrial city of Navoi on the cold desert steppe of central Uzbekistan, the Medieval city of Karmana was already thriving.  Located 8km from the Navoi train station on the brand new high-speed line between Tashkent and Bukhara, Karmana was only first recognized by the USSR as an urban … Continue reading Day 48: Kasim Shiah Complex

Day 49: Kok-Gumbaz

Our supr-of-the-moment decision to take a side trip to Shakhrisabz turned out to be well worth the extra expense of $50 for the whole day.  We met our taxi driver (as I was reminded after erroneously reporting our hotel arranged it) when we arrived at the Samarkand train station.  He was waiting patiently well past the … Continue reading Day 49: Kok-Gumbaz

Day 50: Tashkent International School

The halfway point of our countdown seems an appropriate place to revisit our reason for being here in Uzbekistan, Tashkent International School.  Our journey began three years ago when we decided to take a huge leap of faith by pressing a career reset button and embarking on a journey that would offer an indefinite extension … Continue reading Day 50: Tashkent International School

Day 51: Kalon Minaret

Landmarks are by their very definition supposed to leave you with the impression of greatness, but the Kalon Minaret is a special case.  Not only was it built with that purpose in mind from the very beginning, but it was supposedly spared destruction by Genghis Khan because he was so impressed by how great it … Continue reading Day 51: Kalon Minaret