Day 16: Kyr Kyz Fortress

Across the Turkic world the legend of the kirk-kiz is associated with any number of places.  The Kyr Kyz fortress in Termez is one of these, but the legend is just that... a legend.  The common theme with all of these local legends involve the so-called "forty virgins" depending on the version of the story … Continue reading Day 16: Kyr Kyz Fortress

Day 81: Samanid Mausoleum

The large park just to the west of the historic center of Bukhara is typical in the post Soviet sense.  Tacky carnival attractions, overgrown in some places, unscrupulous looking characters hiding in the bushes, a few snack vendors thrown in for good measure.  Without knowing exactly what you're looking for, you might not even realise … Continue reading Day 81: Samanid Mausoleum