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Yazd Iran Street Scenes

Yazd, in South-Central Iran, is an ancient city on the edge of not one, but two deserts. On the roofs of these buildings in the old town you can see bagdirs or windcatchers, natural air-conditioning units. In order to get this great view, we had to climb up on an abandoned mosque… which gave my Read the Rest…

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The Fort in Bukhara Uzbekistan

The Emir of Bukhara who was responsible for the deaths of Stoddard and Connelly, a pivotal event in the Great Game, lived in this fort in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (also known as the Ark). When we visited, I was in history-junkie heaven. My kids? Not so much 🙂 Head on over to DeliciousBaby for more travel-themed Read the Rest…

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Books About the Silk Road

Kim Rudyard Kipling’s book describes an India and a world that no longer exists but the writing entrances like an old-time storyteller. I re-read this book while we were traveling across Central Asia and the story pulled me in as deeply as when I was first introduced to Kim, his Holy Man and their adventures Read the Rest…

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Silk Making in Uzbekistan

Part II on our visit to a traditional silk factory in Margilan, Uzbekistan. This time focusing on the process used. Silk Making: Silk Worms It starts with harvested silkworm cocoons… Silk Making: Extracting the fiber Then soaking the cocoons to soften so the fiber can be extracted… Silk Making: Spinning Thread Then stretching the raw Read the Rest…

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Traditional Silk Factory Margilan Uzbekistan

These women are silk-weavers at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory in Margilan, Uzbekistan. This “factory” is the largest traditional silk factory in Uzbekistan – with silk-worms, mulberry bushes, drying cocoons and reels of hand-spun natural silk. On the day we dropped by (unannounced), we were the only visitors and I think these weavers were a little Read the Rest…

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Crossing the Kyrgyz Uzbek Border

“No, no, no. This is not right!” The female border guard admonished me in stern tones, dismissively tossing my completed customs form into her trash basket. My temper at the petty bureaucracy flared. Ire duly raised, I opened and then quickly closed my mouth. Best not to antagonize. The object was, after all, to get Read the Rest…

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City View Sulaymaniah Iraq

A photo of the city view of Sulaymaniah, Iraq – the location of yesterday’s musings on being inappropriately dressed in Iraq. Head on over to DeliciousBaby for more travel-themed Friday photo fun. Like what you’ve read and interested in reading more? Subscribe to the WanderMom rss feed, follow me on Twitter or become a fan Read the Rest…

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Inappropriately Dressed in Iraq

We arrived in Al Sulaymaniah in the mid-afternoon. Guess what? It was hot. Dry desert hot with the sun burning down in a way that makes a body want to find even a tiny piece of shade and hide until after sunset. I was still dressed for Iran (i.e. covered from wrists to ankles). I Read the Rest…

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A London Taxi in Iran

It was barely 7am as we searched for our hostel on the narrow, dusty streets of old town Yazd. I was in a decidedly picture-no-sound mood – I’d discovered that sleeping in hijab on an overnight bus was my new high-water-mark of backpacking travel annoyances. The boys were hot, sticky and fractious, their Celtic disposition Read the Rest…

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Persepolis Iran

Iran has been in the news quite a bit lately in a scary, sabre-rattling way. I’m posting this view of my kids up on the hill above Persepolis, the ancient capital of Persia, smiling in the sun. When we just hear the geopolitical opinions about any country in the media it’s easy to mentally flatten Read the Rest…

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