The road to Samarkand - Day 10

May 21, 2018

There were camel rides available this morning although Cavan and I didn’t take one. It made for a leisurely get up and departure from the yurt camp. I wandered out into the desert and tried to get a decent photo of a dung beetle, but it scurried along remarkably fast, and I had trouble keeping up with it. A slower subject was the tortoise that wandered into camp.

 

The drive to Samarkand took about six hours. Our route led across a wide plain bordered on each side by hills. It was eerily reminiscent of the South Wairarapa and I kept expecting to reach Masterton. As we travelled, the land grew steadily greener, and we even encountered a brief shower of rain.

 

As we came down from the hills we could see Samarkand stretching out in front of us – at first smaller outlying settlements that gradually merged into outer suburbs and thence to the town itself.

 

Samarkand is a modern city – at present there is no sign of anything historical, but I gather that we will have to go to the other end of town to find that.

 

We have a long walking tour ahead of us tomorrow. Our group meal to finish the day included camel’s testicles among the kebabs on offer. I politely declined.

 

 

Dragoman guests on tour

 

Dung Beetle

 

Yurt camp at sunrise

 

Wild flowers in the desert

 

We were visited by a tortoise!

 

The door to our yurt  - still firmly shut.  No one was up!

 

Women seen from the truck

 

 

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