Unfortunately we only got a 3-day transit visa in Uzbekistan. A really shame, as at least this country deserves 10 days, probably more. We visited the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand to be able to assure that Uzbekistan is the Silk Road as you always imagined it: palaces, medressas, mosques, minarets, squares, narrow streets... you are transferred to ancient times and only the camels and merchants are missing. A totally recommendable country to visit, but spend at least 10 days or 2 weeks in it.
After the 5 days spent in the prison-like Turkmenistan, we were really looking forward to crossing into Uzbekistan. It would be the first country after Armenia with no restrictions: free internet, free alcohol, no stupid laws... but unfortunately we could only spend 3 days in the country as we only got a transit visa (a 30-day visa was time-consuming and expensive to get because you need a letter of invitation). This meant we had to skip some places to visit and we would have to rush everywhere to make the most of the visit. We chose to go first to Bukhara and then to Samarkand, the two nicest places in Uzbekistan, according to the reserach we did. And we proved ourselves right, although that meant leaving important places behind like, for example, Khiva. Next time!
Born in Barcelona and raised in Olot, I've been interested in travelling since I was a child, when every Summer I crossed Spain from coast to coast with my parents. Listening to my siblings' stories about their trips all over the world also helped, as well as watching Around the World with Willy Fog on TV :)
As I grew up, and while I was still studying... read more