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We arrived in Uzbekistan at about 7:00 am. Immigration was a breeze. We had to figure out how to get some local currency in the very small Tashkent airport, but once that was sorted we were able to go out and negotiate with the usual horde of taxi drivers for transport to our hotel.

On the drive to the hotel we discovered that Tashkent is a beautiful city, with wide, clean boulevards, and modern architecture. Despite the fact that we have flown for hours over expansive deserts, the city is very green. En route, traffic was suddenly stopped in all directions, and remained immobile for about 10 minutes. The driver, who doesn’t speak English, indicated that the President was coming. Eventually, a convoy of black vehicles traveling at very high speed raced past us. Soon after, traffic resumed, and we proceeded to our hotel.

We had breakfast at the hotel, and spent some time getting some more local money. We took a walk around the streets near the hotel, including a large park with a statue of Amir Timur, a 15th-century emperor of Central Asia.

Eventually we were able to check into our hotel room. At 6:00 pm, we had our first meeting with the group with whom we would be traveling, and we all went for dinner together. We went to a lovely restaurant that served very good Uzbek food, for a very reasonable price.


Posted by Jimpat 18:08

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