2012
05.11

DAY 9 – AROUND BUKHARA

SYNOPSIS:  HOW MY ITINERARY GOT HIJACKED AND WHAT THE SURROUNDINGS OF BUKHARA HAVE TO OFFER; AND A FEW INSIGHTS INTO DAILY LIFE THANKS TO TAXI DRIVER FURKAT. 

Fatima, the matron and namesake of the hotel she runs, helped me to find an English-speaking taxi driver; no small matter.  She made a great choice with Furkat (pronounced something like fure-cut).  But between the two of them, they were not at all happy with my choices of sites which were based on my absolutely trustworthy German guide, the Lonely Planet and the best guide of all on Uzbekistan:  Bradley Mayhew’s “The Golden Road to Samarkand”.  They had their own ideas.  Whether it was the “road is not good” or “what do you want to see there”, or “this is too far”.  In the end, I caved in and said that the driver should just take me to as many places as possible within the hours of one day.  And so I saw five monuments in the vicinity of Bukhara which you can read about online further, if you wish.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY