Shahrisabz

Shahrisabz is the place Tamarlame was born, but more of that in a separate item.

In one of the villages in the hills near Shahrisabz a few of the families had made a performance showing traditional seremonies etc to attract tourists, and we were one of the groups that visited them.

We stopped at a gate in a dusty street. The gate opened and we were met by the local music quartett. Not excactly standard instruments!

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We went down into a park/garden and we were met by a welcoming comitee.                                                                              GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

The garden went down to the river so it was green with trees and therefore also shade and tables. On our way down we passed the kitchen where they made nan-bread for us.                                                                                                                      GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

They had really dressed up, both old and young.                                                                                                                                  GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

In addition to get fresh nan, they showed us traditional customs. Not everything was really interesting, but they showed us a wedding.                                                                                                                                                                                              GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA                                         The groom had this handkerchief in front of his mouth all the time, I don’t know why. The bride had downcast eyes all the time and wore a nice vail in front of her face.

They had all dressed up.                                                                                                                                                                            GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

It was a really nice experience and quite unexpected.I really enjoyed it.

As I said this was down towards the river and it was green  and a lot of vegetation. On the other side of the road it was different.                                                                                                                                                                                                      GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

We went up to a farm and I think it was unplanned. That was a different experience. Most of the houses had clay walls.    GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

The living quarter had a slightly higher standard.                                                                                                                                GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

But the outside kitchen was fairly primitive.                                                                                                                                          GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

They used dried cow dung for fire and they had a special wall for drying.                                                                                      GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

But out of such houses came girls like this, and I don’t understand how.                                                                                                                                          GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

How people can make a living on farms like this is more than I can understand and it was sort of an eye opener. Again I was struck by the friendliness of the people. It was typical that when we came up to the farm on dry side of the street the owner came out and said: Oh so nice, did you come to drink tea with me?

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