Thursday, June 18, 2009
Of Uzbekistan: Nurata
The Uzbek stuff just doesn't stop! I think this is better than the way we used to do things, where we would have written a single very long report on the trip, with links to some pictures. Feel free to let me know if you disagree.
Anyway, a couple pictures today from the Nurata mountains. It was beautiful. I was worried that a little range of mountains in the middle of the desert would be more like hills than real mountains. But there were actual jagged peaks. They were not very tall in the grand scheme of things - certainly nothing compared to the neighboring mountains in Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan. But the weather was great, the rolling green of the lower elevations was fine for hiking, and the taller rocky outcroppings made for good scenery. At the very least, they were a lot more mountain than anyone will ever see in Latvia. And, since it was the middle of nowhere, it was a good place to do another shot of the stars moving above the mud-walled home of the family I was staying with (above, obvsly).