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Khiva

We did not want to leave Uzbekistan without visiting Kivah. Kivah is in the North West of Uzbekistan in the middle of the desert, not exactly on our planned bike route. We decided for the easiest solution -  to fly there. We left Taschkent on the 20.9 with the 7 o’clock plane to Urgench. From there we reached Kivah after a 30’ ride with the taxi. We had two days for sightseeing before we returned the next day in the evening to Taschkent. From Urgench to Kivah, a distance of 30Km, there is a trolleybus line, the longest line we ever have seen. We were wondering, who is really using it.

 

In Kivah we dive again into the 1001 arabic nights. The historic town with its 400mx700m is rather small. One sight follows the other: Medrese, Mausoleum, Mosques, Museums, all you like to see is there. We feel like being in a outdoor museum. We climb up some steep stairs to the top of a Minarett and have a phantasic view over the whole town. Manifique the blue domes, the small streets with the desert in the background. We stroll through the town and from time to time drink a tea or a fresh melon juice and enjoy the quietness of the town. In the small Boutique Hotel where we stay, we enjoy an afternoon nap. There we meet Corinne and Christian, two globetrotter from Berne on the way to the East. We enjoy and estimate their company and spend the evening and dinner under a starry sky.

 

The two days spin away. Before we leave Kivah, we enjoy for a last time the sunset which puts the whole town in a golden light, it could not look nicer.

 

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