Spectres & Spectacles in Holy Bukhara

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central AsiaThe ghosts of history sometimes speak to us in spectacles and marvels, sometimes stay frustratingly silent, and the art of travel often lies more in the imagination than the destination itself. “Bukhara! For centuries it had glimmered remote in the Western consciousness: the most Read More …

A Lonely Fool and a Mirage in Tashkent

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Backpacking in Central Asia“Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.” Will Durant.   Blinding light and stifling heat pushed against the curtains of the tall French doors. I awoke with a start.  Dazed from jetlag, I headed to the courtyard Read More …