Bukara, Uzbekistan
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
11/03/1999 Bukara Hotel 136 KM 11840 KM

A young Uzbek woman

Figuring out where to head next...

A young woman in Western dress stands in front of an older lady in traditional Uzbek attire.

An artisan hammers out a brass plate.

Jim eyes brass plates with designs hammered by a local craftsman.

Ceiling in the 10th century Ismail Samani Mausoleum

Ismail Samani (the Samanid Dynasty's founder) Mausoleum, completed in 905

A view over modern Bukara

Paige with local children in Bukara

Kalan Minaret and 16th century Kalan mosque (big enough for 10,000 worshipers) in Bukara

Paige fell in love with this instrument's musical sounds. A predecessor to the banjo, perhaps?

Extraordinary handmade knives are fashioned by this artisan blacksmith in Bukara.

Selling local wares in Bukara

Boys study together in Bukara.

Swans swim at Labi-hauz.

Nest for doves, but the locals call them wild pigeons.

Jim stands by a mulberry tree (circa 1600) in Labi-hauz.

Standing in Labi-hauz, a plaza built around a pool in 1620 (the name is Tajik for 'around the pool').

Statues surround the ancient pond in the center of ancient Bukara.

Kalan Minaret, built 1127, in Bukara: Jenghiz Khan was so dumbfounded by the workmanship and beauty of the minaret that he ordered it spared.

11 March 1999 - We arrived in Bukara and headed to a very late (3 p.m.) lunch in a small restaurant located beside an old teahouse. To begin, they served apricot seeds and dried apricots, peanuts in white sugar, walnuts, and raisins. Then there were bread and many vegetables. The next course consisted of a gelatin mold made with 'bones, meat and marrow' boiled down in the pot for hours before adding a gelatin to firm the remains. This was horrible and Jim, who will eat anything, hardly touched the mold. So I ate four enormous bites hoping we would not offend our host, who devoured the dish. Then the server asked about soup - Jim and I ordered laghman - noodles with meat in broth. Once the soup arrived, I felt completely stuffed but the server asked about a main course. I thought the soup was the entrée! I ordered dumplings with meat, which were not very good. Maybe they would have tasted better if I was not so full, but at that moment, the taste of the dumplings just did not matter.


  A little girl from Bukara (Paige)
  Exploring Bukara (Paige)
  Exploring Bukara (Jim)
  Dining in Bukara (Paige)
  Hotel in Bukara (Jim)
  Differing visits to Bukara (Jim)