Today we crossed from Uzbekistan to Kyrgystan, the second border crossing on the trip. These are not difficult but rather physiucally taxing. We simply had to fill out a form that asked beyond the main questions of name, Social Security, and national birth, the amounnt of money you had (it should be less than the amount you filled in on another form when you entered the country) and special items, like a computer, Kindle and camera.
When I crossed over from Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan. one of the customs officials checked my Kindle. I had to turn it ob, Explain as best I could it was a book. Show him what I was reading.
The second customs official had me open my suitcase and take out my medications and then went from bottle to bottle, aluminum foil covered pills to plastic covered pills and I had to explain what each was for, patting my heart, touching my nose. Then came the surprise. He pulled out the two small bottles of Jack Daniels Bourbon that I had picked up at the airport and,, for some unknown reason, stowed in the plastuc bag in which I was keeping my medication. I pointed to my throat.The customes official pointed to his stomach. We laughed and he gave me the okay to move on.
At this border crossing I did not have to open amy suitcase or pull anything out.
But at both I had to drag my suitcase (weight 34 pounds when I left the states before I added the leather coat, the suit jacket, the marionettes, and the two table runners) from the bus, to the first checkpoint where they checedk visas. Then inside a building where they checked passports and forms and then the baggage had to go through the machine. Then I had to drag my suitcase across another couple hundred yards to be checked by the nezxt country, where once again my passport was check as I entered, then checked again in the building and finally I could drag my suitcase another 100 yards to a bus.
But I did finally get it to the bus and from there on the tour company took charge of it.
I will sign off now. The bus is ready to take us to the airport abnd we will fly from Osh to Biishkek. I will fill you in on Osh next time.