Our driver and fellow passenger on the way from Osh to Tashkent
The meat market in the Chorsu Bazaar. Actually this section is JUST fat!
Chorsu Bazaar, nuts, dried fruits, spices and the biggest rats you have ever seen
Little kids like using the internet cafes for games.
This nice arcade is a war memorial for all the Uzbeks Stalin threw at Hitler in WWII
Tamerlane the Terrible and the two annoying girls who became our adopted guides for an afternoon.
Maria - Zakir's girlfriend from Azerbaijan with Nicky and a yummy Plov
Zakir's English teacher, his sister Adelle and Nicky
Zakir and Me
Poopy the tortoise
Girls in the hood, Teacher, Maria's Mum and Zakir's Aunty
Our Tashkent home away from home
On the bus from Tashkent to Samarkand the noise from the pseudo-Bollywood movies was so loud Nicky was forced to stuff toilet paper in her ears. Very fetching don't you think?
Ameena, our new Rugby convert, and me in Samarkand bazaar on the cold first day.
View of the Registan from the miniret
Thats Nicky in pink!
The facades were restored by the Russians, but the rest of the building is in ruins.
Window in the Medressa
This was once the finest Madressa (university) in all of the Islamic world. Dorms upstairs, lectures downstairs. We owe much of our pre-renaissance scientific knowledge to such places.
Evening light from the Registan
Morning light on the Registan
Cool mosaics on every wall
Sunlight on the Mullah's table
Uzbek rug designs
Uzbek wooly hats
Fluted domes on the Registan
Courtyard of the Medressa
The beautiful front of the Sher-Dor Madrassah with tiger/lions
The huge portal on the Bibi-Khanum Mosque
Apparently crawling under this giant Koran stand improves your chances of having babies.
The mosque on the hill in Samarkand
Wise wishers at the well
The amazing Shahi Zinda Mausoleum complex in Samarkand
The incredibly intricate tilework gives Nicky a headache
Most of Tamerlane's relatives got put here
Each mausoleum is slightly different and all are stunningly beautiful
The locals liked trying Kiwi Rob's reticulated bicycle. Have a look at his website to see how far he has got from Japan to England www.14degrees.org
The Registan at sunset