We are back in Bukhara for the weekend after our first two weeks of the field season. it was really lovely to now encounter Bukhara in contrast during the day. I am staying on the Lyabi-Hauz, which during the day is almost empty compared to the evenings and nights when it is absolutely packed with families and friends enjoying tea, a meal or ice cream. This morning we met two boys from Uzbekistan at our hotel. There were not from Bukhara, but still knew the city better than us! I really wanted to find spicy pepper for my food back at the dig house along with a sponge and lotion. They said that they would be happy to take us to the large bazaar where all of the local people shop. It was such a fun adventure! There is a central area with fruits and vegetables. This open-air region of the bazaar is then surrounded by mazes of vendor stalls for clothing, cosmetics, tools and anything you could possibly need. Needless to say I found everything on my list, but in the process I was gifted a pumpkin from a vendor and the boys gifted us a bag of cherries and a bag of peaches. It was really too sweet! Uzbekistan really has so many absolutely amazing people.