Posts in category "Central Asia"
I’ve been reading Colin Thubron’s travel book, The Lost Heart of Asia, which he wrote in 1994, three years after Central Asia gained its freedom from the Soviet Union. In addition to its being beautifully written, I’m finding his discussions related to the area’s future interesting, having now seen it almost 20 years later. He... Read more »
Add to the Arabian stallions, Chincoteague ponies and Lipizzaners, the Akhal-Teke horses. I learned about the Akhal-Tekes when we visited the Arkadash stable just outside Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. These horses, descendants of the original Mongolian breed, are magnificent. Their colors range from black, to cream, to golden or silver. Regardless they shine golden in the sun, especially around the neck. Tall... Read more »
I cooked an Uzbekistan pilaf on Saturday using the recipe from my blog. Warning! Cut the rice in half. It’s way too much and you lose the taste of everything else. Also use more coriander. The spice gets lost in all that rice.
Central Asia is in. Take a look at the article in the New York Times(Saturday Oct. 27, p. B9) about Ryan McDonaugh playing Hockey in Kazakhstan during the NHL lockout. Astana, where he is living, sounds and looks, according to the story, very much like I described Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in my early blogs. Modern, 21st century architecture,... Read more »
I have friends coming for dinner this coming Saturday and have decided to cook Central Asian style again. I cooked a Central Asian meal two weeks ago for another group of friends. For both dinners I am duplicating the many meals I had at the homes of the craftsmen on the tour. I’ve compiled my recipes from our... Read more »
I have a dilemma that one of the readers of this blog brought to my attention. How should I spell the various proper names I’ve been discussing. Is it Ahal-tekke or Akhal teke or akhal te-ke? Pishpek, Bishkek or Bishpek? Khyrgystan or Kyrgystan? I’ve seen these names spelled in all of these variations. Why so many... Read more »
I’ve been back almost a week and I think I’m finally over my jet lag. Today is the first day I haven’t awakened at 3:30 am. I started on my trip back at 6:30 am. on the North side (the sunny side) of Lake Ysyk-Kul last Tuesday. We arrived back in Bishtek (Originally called Bishpek)... Read more »
The dogs know something is going on. They’ve been sniffing at the suitcases since I got them out two days ago. Nuala, the Irish Terrier, keeps close by me, closer than she usually does Tonii, the collie, whines whenever I go near the luggage the way she whines when I get the car out for... Read more »
The Tour Company sent a huge packet of stuff, including a list of things I would need to travel in Central Asia. I wasn’t worried, my passport was current and I’d had my tetanus shot less than ten years ago. All I had to deal with were Visas. Then came the fine print. The passport... Read more »
The dog keeps eating the guest soaps spread out on the guestroom bed, leaving the wrappers on the carpet in the hallway. It’s amazing how she selects just the soaps from among the 3 oz. bottles of shampoo, conditioner, spray net, shaving cream, tooth paste, scope, deodorant, perfume, moisturizing cream, hand antiseptic sprays, powder, pill... Read more »