Day 1: Uzbekistan

It's late June in Tashkent, 11am, 32° in the shade (90°F), UV index off the charts, 24% humidity.  A really nice day for this time of year.  We walk to Café Breadly from our house through the mahalla where the workers from the regions have been busy on on all the various house construction/remodel projects since … Continue reading Day 1: Uzbekistan

Day 25: Manti

Rounding out the national food countdown, today we feature manti, an Uzbek stuffed dumpling, likely spread all over Eurasia by the Mongols in the 13th century, and ever since as a staple food of travelers along the great silk road.  Like lag'mon, manti features prominently as an ethnic cuisine across the Turkic speaking world, and … Continue reading Day 25: Manti

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 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

Day 42: Ulugbek Madrassa – Bukhara

It helps to know your madrassas, especially in a country where such a prolific statesman as Timuriud ruler Mirzo Ulugbek built at least three centers of higher learning to his name.  Ulugbek Madrassa in Bukhara was the first, and also served as an architectural example for many more which followed in the proceeding centuries. During … Continue reading Day 42: Ulugbek Madrassa – Bukhara

Day 43: Bukhara’s Trade Domes

In addition to the Tim-Abdullah Khan Trade Dome, there are three other covered bazaars in the historic core of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bukhara that should be on your radar, and once they are, will be impossible to miss since you'll know what you're looking at.  Established during the late 16th century, these … Continue reading Day 43: Bukhara’s Trade Domes

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