Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan
Day 14 -
Friday, 5 May 2000
On Friday morning after breakfast, we paid a visit to a wood
carver, and watched young boys learning the skill of the beautiful carving on
posts. As we looked at some completed items, a tea table was quickly set up and
laden with goodies.
Fresh strawberries, cream puffs, and other breads all looked
wonderful, along with tea. Meli protested, and Utkir explained to her why this
was being done. "Last year when you were here, you would not allow him to do
it." Something else was said about what our host experienced when he traveled
and how important it is to be allowed to offer this hospitality. So we were
obliged to sit down and enjoy at least a measure of it. I wish I had skipped
breakfast this morning! It is truly the loveliest and most delicious breakfast
we have had on the tour, and hopefully will be a feature of future tours.
We started our last long bus ride, from Samarkand to Tashkent.
Lunch was at a small settlement in a valley. At first I thought it was just a
stop to inspect the local honey and use the toilets. But just when I thought we
were about to leave, Utkir announced lunch was across the road. I elected to
stay on the bus, I was not hungry, just very tired.
In Tashkent we had some time to refresh ourselves at our hotel
before dinner. Some tour members made a quick dash to the bazaar for special
items. Then we went to the home of one of the ladies who works with the agency.
Dinner has been prepared for us, I think it was a joint effort by all the
agency members. After some excellent dining, they entertained us with
Soon it was time to go. At the hotel, we could sleep for a couple
of hours, before leaving to meet our plane for a 3:30 AM departure.
- Continues with Day 15 -