So there she was:
The new Caboose:
The Caboose 2.0:
We started walking right away, through the bazaar of Yangiyul, filled with cars and cars and people:
Then the bazaar gave way to a more quiet road:
There was a mosque once:
And the road got even more quiet:
This was the first time since entering Uzbekistan two weeks ago that I found myself in a sort of open countryside, if only for a little while:
I had to cross the railroad tracks shortly after that:
And it was good walking after that as well.
An orthodox church:
And what looked like a protestant church:
There was a dude who looked like the king of all donkey carts:
There were little puffs of cotton everywhere, sometimes laying on the road, and sometimes hanging from the trees:
And there was Boris with his friends:
Once, in the village of Almazar, a bunch of dudes asked for a picture:
I figured that just like Kazakhs or Kyrgyz or Chinese, most Uzbek were very friendly, especially those who lived in the countryside.
And countryside it was:
One time I walked over a massive bridge and found myself looking down at a graveyard:
I put down the Caboose and sat down on the railing of the bridge. Had some tea and some cookies.
Then this lady appeared:
We talked for a little while.
Life was not easy, that’s all I can say.
I shared a cookie with this donkey:
Then I continued walking.
But that was no problem, since I was really close to the little town of Chinaz, where a hotel was already waiting for me.
So I kept walking until I reached Chinaz. It was right behind this corner:
But alas! When I asked people on the street for directions to the hotel, they told me that there were in fact two towns with the name of Chinaz. And the hotel was – of course! – in the other Chinaz, an hour or so down the road.
So I kept walking through the night.
Stopped one time to warm up with some tea:
And then it was there, the other Chinaz:
Some people on the road told me to cut through a little road in a residential area, so I did that:
And I found the hotel eventually, behind a highway, next to a fish market.