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Sharif, who'll become my third grandfather  
   

Sharif, who'll become my third grandfather

but at this time we both don't know it yet :-)
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

Uzbekistani Flag 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
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