Day 291: 不行!

吐魯番的百姓聊天度日

對祖國的驕傲今天一掃而空。早上到火車站買票,本想去吐魯番一看火焰山的壯景,車站裡擠了成千上萬的人,活生生的大時代場景在我眼前呈現,我不禁想中國當真人如潮水。排了一陣子,終於到我們了。向售票員要了50分鐘後開的班次她卻說沒有。怎麼會?上面的電子版還顯示有九百多張空票。 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 289: 回到祖國 Home Turf!

真值得紀念的一天,十一月二十五日,終於回到中國了, 回到自己的國土,回到自己的家鄉。看到紅色的國旗、熟悉的臉孔, 只能用百感交集來形容。從歐洲陸路回國的夢想總算成功了!
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Day 288: 蘋果來自哈薩克

Almaty 城外的天山山脈

Almaty, 屈指一算,已是十年前聽過的名字。一直都對這城市不感興趣,皆因她位於哈薩克,一個在我腦海中只是甚麼 “唔三唔四” 的國家。太無知了,這 “唔三唔四” 的地方是世界油庫量最高之一的國家,更於94年跟俄羅斯合力發送俄國與哈國人到太空。
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第二百八十四天: 烏茲別克的醜陋

烏茲別克的建築物確是美

烏茲別克,多麼動聽的名字,多麼共產和簡陋的國度,所有東西都是僅僅勉強地可使用,街燈行人隧道建築物的外和內都冷冰冰的,有時更帶點恐怖成分。我們在首都塔什幹 (Tashkent) 的東道主 (host) 之家則是最佳例證:小小的房子有客廳/睡房、洗手間、廚房三部份。洗手間沒有水龍頭,要刷牙請到廚房去。牆壁甚是疲倦、殘破不堪的,微黃的客廳燈,再配一個共產典範的冰箱… 所有東西都無美感可言,卻每件都不負眾望地發揮所長,回到原始時代的功能性勝過外觀。 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 282: Ready to leave Uz

Intricate mosaic work at the avenue of mausoleums – the finest of the Islamic world

Today must be the low point for me in Uzbekistan. Yes Samarkand is impressive… but the city lacks the small town feel of Bukhara and Khiva. And infrastructure is… well, not so friendly. Watched 3 buses pass by the station without stopping, WTF? Continued 繼續看…

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第二百七十七天: 天下無賊?!

最後一章,絲綢之路,我們沒有普普通通的過日子,這一段挑戰重重、高潮迭起,才記起天下之大,須學習的仍不少。九個月來的磨練,我才不要被區區一個烏茲別克打垮! Continued 繼續看…

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Day 277: Train to Khiva

The restored main gate of the city of Khiva

Whoaa Khiva! A superbly preserved & restored Silk Road city. The moment we stepped foot within the city’s fortress-like mud walls, I must’ve droped my jaw like many ancient merchants did when they first arrived, having hauled for days through the desert. You don’t need much imagination to feel Khiva’s glorious past, much of which still shimmers.

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Day 276: A country run dry

Not your everyday gas station

Getting around Uzbek at times feels like traveling to the end of the world. There seems to be fuel shortage here – some petrol stations are empty and deserted, some have hundreds of cars lining up outside. What a huge difference: in Turkmenistan they have gas burning to waste, in Uzbek the gas stations have run dry. And they’re neighbours.

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