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  • Day28

    Farewell Kyrgyzstan

    June 12, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today was the day we would cross the Kyrgyzstan border into Uzbekistan. It also happened to be Richard's birthday. In her usual thoughtful manner, Nastacia gave Richard a little piece of Kyrgyzstan - 2 embroidered cloths, each framed and packed snugly in an equally beautiful Intrepid Kyrgyzstan bag. With the formalities completed we took the short journey to the border, stopping first to change currencies. Our 2000 Kyrgyzstan som bought us 244,000 Uzbekistan som - crazy numbers and equivalent to about $44 NZ. But that can buy you a lot in both countries.

    With big hugs and promises to see her in New Zealand when she started her own travel adventures, we farewelled Nastacia. It was surprisingly easy to cross both the Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan borders. Whenever we appeared in a queue we were beckoned to come forward by both the border guard and non-Western tourists. It seemed unfair to us, as clearly many had been waiting some time. But it seemed like a common courtesy we couldn't avoid.

    As we stepped across the final doorway into the bright sun, the contrast between the 2 countries was immediately evident. As our guide book put it, "landscapes are not Uzbekistan's strong point". To be fair, it was not much different from Osh, but a world away from the fabulous mountains and lush pastures we'd experienced over the last week or so.

    Once we'd located our guide, Khursid, we boarded our excessively large bus. First stop was a local park in the city of Andijan. The park is a memorial to Babur, who was the founder and first Emperor of the Mughal dynasty in India, as well as a poet and writer (and who was born in Andijan). The buildings were certainly very striking, with ornate blue and green tiling. The park was packed with visitors and we created quite a stir, especially our younger group members who were much in demand to be photographed. We hung around for quite some time without any real sense of purpose, before wandering through a nearby amusement park, where Les and I both got accosted by a giant bear. Local women dancing provided some light relief.

    Finally departing we headed for the infinitely more interesting local market. Buzzing with activity and super generous folk, Richard and I were stopped by a pair of 60-something local women. Turns out they were retired English teachers. A delightful pair who were keen to chat, though I found the mouthful of gold teeth that seemed a mark of wealth here a bit daunting. Futher wanderings amongst the rows of fruit, vegetables, spices, bread, meat and all manner of other paraphernalia. Offered wonderful melon to sample, followed by a freebie! Time to find a knife to replace Richard's Leatherman taken at a Chinese railway station.

    Another stop for lunch and then a long wait at the train station. Seems like we'd basically been filling in time. Once aboard, we settled in to our 5 hour trip, although a blasting TV made things a challenge. My recently acquired noise cancelling headphones helped. To our surprise our guide had purchased a birthday cake for Richard and we enjoyed a delicious treat, washed down with local beer (which was actually not a bad combination).

    Arriving at our hotel in Tashkent at 9.30pm, we were ready for bed (we'd lost an hour between countries). From our brief views of the city it was clear Uzbekistan has a lot more monetary wealth than Kyrgyzstan. I certainly felt like we'd well and truly farewelled Kyrgyzstan.
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  • Day111

    Arslanbob to Fergana City (Uzbekistan)

    September 1, 2018 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Exit Kyrgyzstan at Dustlik, enter Uzbekistan at Andijon. Today we will have a full day's drive across the Uzbek border to the eastern city of Fergana. In Fergana we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. Optional Activities: Explore the impressive 19th-century Juma Mosque in Kokand in the stunning Fergana Valley (UZS 1000). See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory (Free).
    Wir haben diesen ungastlichen Platz in „Arslanbob” verlassen. Niemand hat uns nachgewinkt und keiner aus unserer Gruppe wird diesen Platz vermissen. Wir fahren durch eine Landwirtschaftlich geprägte Zone, wo gerade das Getreide geerntet wurde. In „Osh” haben wir uns mit Proviant eingedeckt, da die Grenzprozedur durchaus 6 Stunden dauern kann. Mein iPhone hat sich bereits automatisch auf die „Zeitzone Taschkent“ eingestellt. Gegen Mittag haben wir die Kirgisische Passkontrolle erreicht. Unser erfahrener Uzbekistan guide ist eingetroffen und präsentiert sich wie ein Profi. Insgesamt waren wir NUR knapp 2 Stunden an der Grenze - das ist Rekord! Uzbekistan wirkt aufgeräumter und moderner als viele andere Länder unserer Reise. Wir sind um 16:00 in einem eher Europäisch anmutenden Hotel in „Fergana City” angekommen und haben direkt den schönen Swimmingpool genutzt. Da wir hier auf 573 müN sind, kann man auch draußen am Pool zum Abendessen sitzen. So eine Hotelatmosphäre hatten wir bisher auf der ganzen Reise nicht. Es gab keinen Grund in die eher nüchtern wirkende Stadt zu gehen.

    Editiert am 01.05.2019
    Text von Wolfgang
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  • Day126


    September 9, 2018 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Weitere 8 km nach der Grenze stehen wir nun auf einem Bauernhof. Sehr ländlich.
    Direkt neben uns wohnen einige Frauen und wir bekommen ein paar Pfirsiche geschenkt. Ansonsten ist heute Ruhe angesagt.

    Ansonsten haben wir 1 Stunde Zeitumstellung, jetzt sind wir noch 3 Stunden vor.

    .... und noch ein kleines Taschengeld.... 450.000 SOM

    .... entspricht ca. 50 €
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  • Day126

    Grenze Usbekistan

    September 9, 2018 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Der heutige Tag ist für den Grenzübergang nach Usbekistan vorgesehen.
    Treffpunkt 8:00 Uhr an der Kirgisischen Grenze.
    Die Kirgisen sind gut organisiert und es geht erstaunlich schnell.

    Die Grenze nach Usbekistan ist noch geschlossen, also warten. Nach ca. 2 Std. geht es weiter.
    Die Zöllner fragen nach Medikamenten, Religiösen Büchern und Waffen. Schauen mal kurz ins Womo und wir dürfen passieren.
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  • Day131

    Grenzübergang Usbekistan

    September 9, 2018 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Um 6Uhr aufgestanden, um 7Uhr los, um kurz vor 8Uhr standen wir am kirgisischen Zoll. Jetzt ist fast 11Uhr und wir sind gerade durch den kirgisischen Zoll und stehen nun vor der usbekischen Grenze. Sehr viele Menschen sind zu Fuss unterwegs, viele Frauen mit grossen Taschen, Brot, Obst, Kindern. Um 12 Uhr waren wir endlich durch, nun stehen wir an einer Hühnerfarm auf dem Acker.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Andijan, Андижанская область, Андижон

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