13July2014* Back in Bukhara

 

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.

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