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Mir-i-Arab Madrasa. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Miri-i Arab Madrasah
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Water tower in Bukhara ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
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Bukhara
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Again Mir-i-Arab madrasa, this time from above. I just cannot help myself but I think I felt in love with this building โ˜บ๏ธ One of my biggest wishes of this year's trip to Uzbekistan was to climb up the Kalyan minaret to see Bukhara and specially Mir-i-Arab madrasa during the sunset. But I didn't know it is now closed for tourists ๐Ÿ˜” I hope they will open it again!
So all I have is this photo from my first visit to Uzbekistan nine years ago. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
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Miri-i Arab Madrasah
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Detail from Mir-i-Arab madrasa, Bukhara ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Miri-i Arab Madrasah
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Po-i-Kalyan from behind, Bukhara. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Po-i-Kalyan
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Miniature painter at work in front of his souvenir shop in Bukhara. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Bukhara
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And on the other side of Mir-i-Arab madrasa is Po-i-Kalyan complex with and the iconic minaret. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
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Po-i-Kalyan
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Mir-i-Arab Madrasah in Bukhara is not only one of the few still active madrasas in Uzbekistan but is also one of the most beautiful ones. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Miri-i Arab Madrasah
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Tashkent metro. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿš‡

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Drinks vendor in front of the main building of Chorsu bazaar, Tashkent.

Chorsu Bazaar
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Evening hustle in front of Tashkent train station. ๐Ÿš„๐Ÿš†๐Ÿš•

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent metro. ๐Ÿš‡๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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DAY 15: My travel through Uzbekistan was coming to the end :( I went from Samarkand to Tashkent and used the last hours to visit the Chorsu bazar once again and to buy some dried food for home. It's so delicious and affordable :)
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Chorsu Bazaar
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DAY 14: Samarkand, the most touristic city and one of the biggest cities in Uzbekistan. Yet, when you walk 500 meters away from the touristic sites you come to this kind of views.
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Samarkand
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DAY 13: Gur-e-Amir, mausoleum of Amir Temur.
Let me tell you another legend here. The inscription inside says that much worser enemy than Tamerlane will come to the one who disturbs his rest. And in 1740, king Nader Shah of the Afsharid Empire tried to carry away Tamerlane's sarcophagus. Nader idolized Timur but in the process of removal the sarcophagus broke in two. This was interpreted as a bad omen. His advisers urged him to leave the stone to its rightful place. Also his son became ill and only got cured when the stone was returned.
Tamerlane's tomb was again opened in 1941 and the next day Germany invaded Soviet Union. Also it is rumoured that Soviet Union won a victory in the Battle of Stalingrad owing to the re-burial of Timur's bones, according to Muslim rites in 1942.
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Gur-e-Amir
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DAY 12: Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand. It's huge. So huge that it doesn't fit nicely in a photo.
But let me tell you a legend about it. Bibi-Khanym was Amir Temur's favourite wife and she wanted that the mosque is finished before he returns from a war. In exchange the architect demanded that he can kiss her on the cheek. Eventually she allowed it, but the kiss remained burned on her cheek.
The mosque was finished befor Amir Temur returned home, but when he realized at what price, he wanted to kill the architect. He chased him all the way up to the minaret from where the architect jumped and flew away.
But the story doesn't end here. There is another legend, which says that Forbidden Palace in Beijing was built by an architect who came from the sky...
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Bibi-Khanym Mosque
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DAY 11: Arrived to Samarkand yesterday. A true pearl of the Silk Road. I just can't get enough of this view! Registan square in the time of blue light.
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Registan
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DAY 10: Yesterday I left Bukhara and arrived in Shakhrisabz, the birth town of the mighty Amir Temur. It's an interesting town, the historical remains are in the middle of the city, surrounded by a park. On one side there are remains of the entering portal to the Ak Saray (it's huge) and on the other side is friday mosque. And it's almost a kilometer between them, so I did quite some walking going there and back between them.
Park is surrounded by completely new buildings (the previous city center was demolished). But the next row of buildings behind the park are still old and the contrast between old and new is enormous.
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Shakhrisabz
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DAY 9: Traveling in October has its advantages and one of them is seeing many children going to and from the school. They look so genuinely happy! What also surprised me that even if they are only 5 or 6 years old, they are walking along the main road trying to stop a random car to give them a ride home. I can't imagine this happening in Europe!
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Uzbekistan
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DAY 8: Again I'm late with posting updates, partially it's also my fault. On Tuesday afternoon we had a sand storm and as a consequence there was no mobile phone connection for few hours, electricity and internet for 24 hours and water for two days. However, there were also positive sides of these. The city was completely empty. Almost no locals and even less tourists. Though you could spot some photographing enthusiasts that were talking photos of magnificent monuments without people :) like I did. But the colors are not that nice on those photos :( well, you can still feel that Bukhara was one of the most important cities, and therefore also very rich, on the silk road.
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Bukhara
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DAY 7: It was a transition day, from Khiva to Bukhara. It was an interesting ride in a shared taxi. From Khiva to Urgench nothing special happened but in Urgench the driver spoke with group of other people, which eventually ended up in an argument and almost a fight. Finally we got going but the guy with whom my driver argued called the police check because my driver didn't have all the papers to work as taxi driver and they could stop him. So I took another taxi just to get past the control.
After that we picked up three other people and the drive to Bukhara was nothing special except for the polite fight for shoulders' position in the taxi. I was in the middle at the back.

About the photo, it's the house of the bride (I think) at whose wedding we were yesterday. It was really nearby to the hostel.
The story how we ended up at the wedding is also interesting. With the Israeli guy we wanted to go for a dinner, which proved to be quite a challenge since I'm vegetarian. We checked four restaurants and none of them had a single vegetarian dish. At the end we found the wedding hall and people invited us in. The wedding was almost over but we still got some food, cakes and vodka. Great experience and so friendly people!
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ะ˜ั‡ะฐะฝ ะšะฐะปะปะฐ ,ะฅะธะฒะฐ
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DAY 6: I'm a bit late with posting this for day 6, but yesterday evening I crashed at wedding party together with an Israeli guy and you can only imagine that there was a lot of vodka involved.
But let me say few words about Khiva. Once one of the most important silk road cities, which is now a city-museum. Inside the city walls is really like going few centuries back in time. Mosques and madrasas are everywhere. Really amazing!
But I couldn't imagine how touristic it is. There are a lot of groups of most elderly people, though you can also find backpackers. But this is only on the main street, where most of the sightseeings are located.
But if you go few meters away from the touristic sights you can experience through local life. Now I'm of to Bukhara!
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ะ˜ั‡ะฐะฝ ะšะฐะปะปะฐ ,ะฅะธะฒะฐ
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DAY 5: Nukus. The capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The city in the middle of nowhere. Without any reason to visit it. If it wouldn't be for a great Savitsky Museum! Believe it or not, it houses one of the world greatest collections of Russian Avantgarde art. It's almost a miracle how such a good collection found its place here. The only problem is that, even though they made a new building, it is still to small to put all the exhibits on display :( I truly enjoyed the museum. I only wish it would be more easily accessible and not in the middle of a dessert! :)
Apart from the museum, a made my way to Khiva by surviving a crazy road drive and expect to enjoy the city to its full tomorrow.
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Nukus
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DAY 4: From Tashkent to the west of Uzbekistan. From city to the desert. Well, this place hasn't always been desert. It is also called the biggest environmental disaster in the history caused by human. Yes, I'm speaking about Aral sea.
These two rusting ships (and few others forming Ship's graveyard) were towed from elsewhere in the desert to form some kind of a tourist attraction.
The story of Moynaq, once important fishing town on the shores of the Aral sea is now left on the edge of the desert with Aral sea being roughly 150km away. Due to the irrigation of cotton fields, Amu Darya didn't reach the sea anymore and it began to dry out. The water moved away from Moynaq already in 70s and not much has been done to prevent it.
What is left of more than 500 ships are 11 here. Others have been scrapped for metal.
If you are into disaster tourism, a real must see!
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Muynak
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DAY 3 (2/2): After Chorsu bazaar I went to walk in some of the many parks in Tashkent and enjoy the beautiful autumn colors on trees.
Finally, to end the day I went to the Tashkent TV tower, with 375 m it is the highest tower in Central Asia. Unfortunately, you can go only to the first platform and you cannot take with you any electronic devices. So I burnt the panorama of Tashkent on the hard drive in my head ๐Ÿ˜Š
It is amazing how big the city is, specially because there are almost no high buildings and there are really a lot of green areas.

With this post, I will be away for the next two days as I go to the part of the country where most probably I won't have internet. See you then!
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Tashkent Tower
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DAY 3 (1/2): I could split my second day in Tashkent in two parts, morning and afternoon. Quite normal I'd say, isn't it? ๐Ÿ˜œ well, there is more to it than just parts of the day.
In the morning I went to the Chorsu bazaar, the commercial heart of Tashkent, where you can literally buy everything, from food to clothes and many more. Thought the main part is under the huge green dome, where vendors sell meat, dairy products, pickled vegetables and dry fruit.
You can spend there all the time you have as you will always find something interesting to look at! Definitely a must see in Tashkent!
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Chorsu Bazaar
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DAY 2 (2/2): A very interesting experience in Tashkent is going to the subway. The security is really strict. They check your bags twice and they also always check you passport if you are tourist. Oh, and they also always salute when you come to them.
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DAY 2 (1/2): Where history meets present, Amir Temur and one of the best hotels in Tashkent, Hotel Uzbekistan.
I was still tired from the night flight (we had one hour delay but the border formalities were pretty fast, still I came to hostel only at 8:30) to Tashkent so I used the morning for a recovery sleep and went to visit the city only in the afternoon. With the sun setting at 6 pm this didn't leave me much time. Specially because I first needed to find the bank to get some local currency. I exchanged 200$ and immediately became a millionaire :) (on the contrary with what is written in all tourist guides and also internet information, there is no more black market for currency exchange and you get similar rates in banks).
So I just walked a bit through the city center, the nicest thing I noticed is that they have really a lot of green areas. So the city with officially 2.5 million people doesn't really look crovded.
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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DAY 1: Finally my trip started. Maybe it's just coincidence or maybe it is something more to it, but my travel to the one of the most important cities of the Silk Road in Central Asia starts on of its final destination, Rome!
I used this opportunity to get one final pizza with bufalla before getting into the country where they main food is meet. What else can I say for Rome? Nice but chaotic city full of tourists, but soon I'll enjoy almost tourist-less environment.
Tomorrow comes first photo from Uzbekistan! See you!#traveling_smurf

Roman Forum
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Serbian orthodox church in Ljubljana through a lamp. ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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