I heard from my mom yesterday, both on e-mail and Facebook. She’s been e-mailing here and there since she set off for the old Silk Road a couple weeks ago, but it was the first time she’d Facebooked from Central Asia.
This is what she wrote from Bukhara, Uzbekistan:
Spent our last day in Bukhara today. It is very nice, smaller than the other cities we have been in, but tomorrow we go to Khiva, which is smaller still. It is very dusty here, because it is in the desert and because they are doing major reconstruction jobs, so an awful lot is being torn up. At one time, the Bukharan emirate was the most powerful in the whole area. Many of the Jewish population that was here emigrated at the time of the fall of the USSR…many of them to New York City.
We have a very long bus ride tomorrow. Our guide mentioned tonight that the tour buses that arrived here tonight from Khiva passed 40 miles of non-road, where they drove through the sand. Should be interesting!!
And I thought China was dusty.