2012
05.05

SYNOPSIS:  ABOUT A CEMETERY, A DEAD CITY AND GOVERNMENT-CENSORED ART COLLECTED WITH GOVERNMENT FUNDS.

Now the ignorance was on me.  After all the “Uz-what’s” I had heard from people when asking about my destination, I read with astonishment in my guidebook that I was in “Karal-what”?  Karalkalpakstan!  Never heard of it.  But here it is:  An autonomous republic within Uzbekistan with Nukus as its capital.  But if this is it, that says it all.  The guidebook goes on to describe it as “a grim, spiritless city of bitter pleasures”!  Wow… That’s where I am.  I have not found the bitter pleasures yet, but I get the grim and spiritless.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY