Uzbekistan - Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent July 13th 2007 After having left the mainly depressing, poor and wild Karakalpakstan, I went on to explore the rich historical heritage of Uzbekistan and joined the other tourists who come from all over the world to see what's left and to get an impression of past glory.
My first stop was Khiva, a nearly totally preserved capital of a once mighty emirate. The soviets turned it into an open air museum and it is, ... read more
Asia » Uzbekistan » Samarkand Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after World War I was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic set up in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain... ... read more
After having finished my theoretical studies in France (just the master thesis still has to be written), I am travelling overland to China, my second time already, this time I'm following the Northern Silk Road. I intend to pass the following countries:
Germany - Austria - Slovenia - Croatia - Serbia - Macedonia - Greece - Turkey (maybe a short stay in Georgia) - Iran (I really look forward to see this country)- Turkmenistan (in honor to Turkmenbashi ;-) - Uzbekistan - Tajikistan - Kyrgystan - China (Xinjiang and Tibet, then to Shanghai)
My timetable is quite flexible, but I think that... full info