After 6 days with devastating and unbearable heat (40 – 45 degree) in Bukhara and Samarkand we decided to escape to the mountains. We were recommended by many to go to Chimgan. Chimgan is a very nice, small mountain village with a few good (but heavily overpriced) hotels. We found a nice looking hotel at booking.com and accepted a price of more than double according to our budget! But we can share that it was a true relief to return to a day temperature of 34 degrees!
One day we went hiking! Great to be back in the boots! We just missed Helene and Per! We can share that the Alpe’s are a walk in the park compared to the Uzbekistan mountains. No marked paths and much steeper! But as always it was beautiful when we reach the top.
Another day (still exhausted after the climbing) we went to the Lake called Charvak Reservoir. Beautiful place especially on the distance! For sure we were naive when we expected a quiet day at the lake side! What we experienced was a true Tivoli! People all over the place, speedboats, water bikes, water scooters and thousands of families having picnic with barbecue! The whole ares was drowning in waste (just think about the smell in 35 degrees). We decided to go for a boat trip – which was fun because it fulfilled our impression about the place! Take a look at the video below (remember sound)!
We found a nice looking guest house in the capital of Usbekistan, Tashkent. After some negotiations we also agreed on a good price :-). The best part about the hotel was the young night-manager (aged 27) who immediately fell in love with our care Silvia and Morten!
Even though we have Silvia packed with a lot of spare parts: sand ladders and other necessary equipment Morten agreed with him self to bye another “we cant live without” item (starting to tremble after 6 weeks without purchasing new gadgets)!
The night-manger was a true supporter! He even suggested to take part in trip to the shop. So he did. So excited to drive in Silvia. Asking 100 of questions about the car, our trip and our family. Morten got his compressor and the night-manager got an experience. After the trip he expressed his devotion to Morten by announcing: “He is the best husband in the world” “I want to become like him”. The last evening he invited us for beer and melon. When saying good buy Morten was hugged and the night-manager announced: “I will never forget you”!
Tashkent has all the advantages of a capital. Nice shops, restaurants and a Metro! We experienced a city with big boulevards, enormous and bombastic (soviet influenced) buildings but also nice green parks! The city also have a TC tower (a former must have for all east-block countries) and an old metro with incredible old fashion decoration. 1 kr / trip! (20 cents).
Jytte and Peter was a nice couple from Slagelse in Denmark. We met them in the hotel and they suggested to have dinner together. It was a very nice evening. They were on a 3 week vacation in Usbekistan and Georgia.
Border city to Kyrgyzstan. Really a dump. One positive experience was our meeting with Hassan, who approached in fluent Swedish. He was so excited to speak Swedish again. Hassan had lived 6 years in Sweden. 2 years ago he returned to Uzbekistan after earning money for a new house and a wedding. “I newer imagined that I should speak Swedish in my country”. “I feel Adrenalin in my body”. So happy that you come and visit my country” he told us in fluent Swedish!
No matter where we have been in Uzbekistan we have met nice, friendly and curious people. All young people eager to test their language skills.
Now we are ready for China, after a very short “drive through” Kyrgyzstan!