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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Jan 26, 2010.
We headed back thru Urgut and got jammed in the bazaar:
Between Urgut and Samarkand, we stumbled across all manner of odd and interesting sights. Uzbek-isms!
This one represents "Uzbek Dentistry"
And then you have the Uzbek Taxi:
And believe it or not, this is an Uzbek covered footbridge ... you walk through the bus to cross the canal:
Great stuff, Thank you!
Dumb question but, how do you get around all these places without knowing the language?
Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing.
Great pics as always, love your threads
Many Uzbeks speak Russian as a result of the decades of Soviet/Tsarist rule, and there's always the old rule of where there's a will, there's a way
Walter as always you bring up a fantastic story. Many thanks.
I like the bus bridge!
I know that, Im from Uzbekistan
I was trying to ascertain the languages Colebatch knows.
using Russian ... half the Uzbeks speak very good Russian, most Uzbeks understood basic Russian, especially in the towns. And even in the small mountain villages where knowledge of Russian was much more limited, everyone still understands the words "chai", "shashlik", "plov", "pivo", "lipyoshka", and "benzin" ...
And thats the only words you need, right
(note ... in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, everyone is fluent in Russian ... as its the first language there, but in Uzbekistan Russian is definately a second language behind Uzbek)
We made it to Samarkand, and headed straight for the main attraction. The world famous Registan.
to be honest, after Bukhara and Khiva, Samarkand was nowhere near as interesting. The Registan is nice, sure, but it doesnt have the atmosphere and buildings all around like you get in Khiva and Bukhara.
So Andrei and I bugged out as soon as we had our Registan pics and hit the highway ... where we were confronted with this decision:
We headed for Tashkent, where Mad Max was waiting for us with some Tashkent bikers. Max had gone ahead from Khiva direct to Tashkent as he had warped a rear sprocket near Muynak. He needed to get it replaced in Tashkent. As there are no bike shops in Tashkent, replaced means having a new one made up from scratch.
Andrei and I were met on the edge of town by a pair of Tashkent bikers, Zhenya and Vlad (on green and red Kawasakis) ... and we all waited a bit longer on the edge of town as also coming into town just after us was a bunch of Kazakh bikers led by Marat from "Silk Off-Road", a Kazakh biking organisation.
Max proudly showed off his custom Tashkent fabricated new rear sprocket!
I've really enjoyed this thread, thank you. I've just finished reading a series of books about Genghis Khan so its been good to see some of the places he's passed through, especially Burkhara.
Thanks a bunch for the pics. My dad got all nostalgic and was very happy to see what those places look like today, considering the last time he saw them was 30+ years ago.
Of all the pictures of yours I have admired from this and the BAM road thread, this one truly leaves me speechless. If only the door could talk..Imagine all the people who have passed through this door over the centuries.