Wandering Bukhara

Bukhara, Uzbekistan, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

The Bolo-Hauz Mosque from 1718 is still a functioning place of worship today.


A man prays in the Bolo-Haus Mosque.

“And you can count of me waiting for you in the parking lot.”

There are several, but not many eateries on the tourist-frequented path linking the historic sites in Bukhara. Most tourists flock to the ones in the guidebook (there’s even a German coffee shop), but I stumbled upon this one not listed, apparently popular with locals and students from the nearby madrasah. The owner was busy talking to someone at the counter for a while before he noticed me.

“Oh! Tourist!”

The rather large 8-inch chicken samsa (samoosa) he served me was baked to perfection, and I had it with tea for about a 80 cents. Meanwhile, the guys across the way asked me if I was Japanese.

Looking up at the entrance of the Abdul Aziz Khan madrasah.

Inside the Abdul Aziz Khan madrasah, now a museum of wood carvings and souvenir shops.

Lyabi-Hauz, the meeting place around a pool for locals and weary travelers since 1620. Supposedly the mulberry trees here are that old as well.

Meet Hoja Nasruddin, legendary “court jester” known throughout Sufi teachings.


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This dispatch is one of over 70 travel dispatches from the trip grouped and titled, "The Global Trip: 'Stan By Me." It's an archived compilation of Instagram and Facebook posts which chronicled a trip through three countries in Central Asia: Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

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