I awoke this morning feeling a hell of a lot better. I’d managed to get a few bottles of water somehow. I’m assuming someone got them for me. Khiva is a walled old city dating back approximately 2500 years. Many of the buildings though are only a few hundred years old. Our new local guide Jalol, an Uzbek trend setter (In my opinion and many of the ladies opinion also), very smartly dressed and very intelligent. He took us on a 4 hour tour (in real hours 5 1/2) of the city. It is quite compact and full of medressas, mosques and minarets.
The city and country is renowned for the carpets it sells. Absolutely beautiful carpet, but even at the bargain price of $2300 US, i couldn’t justify the purchase of 1. It is a blessing in disguise, people trying to sell stuff to the few tourists here. Uzbekistan though is the most popular of the ex USSR republics though, as it has the major silk road historical sites.
I was feeling better, but have to admit I sought shade at every opportunity today. Believe me, I’m missing the Canberra winters to some extent. 35 plus days constantly kill you, especially without modern comforts. Luckily Khiva is also the home to plenty of cold beverage sellers. We are unlikely to get cool weather for a week or so.
Also Khiva has a wifi Internet cafe. In Turkmenistan, my hotel had wifi. However the country had one provider, it reboots it servers and resets passwords and then it takes a week to update everyone! Uzbekistan is similar I think, but its working here.
Additionally, don’t worry I’m alive and my mum will be called in an emergency 🙂