What happened during our trek, having arrived in Uzbekistan for transit to the city of Urgench, where we would depart for the madrassahs of the country, Samarkande in particular.
After having eaten in the city of Tashkent, we headed in the direction of the domestic flight terminal. A radiant new airport, in marble (when you see the poverty of the country, you can ask yourself questions about this money...)
After check-in and security, we entered the great waiting hall. Certainly all this marble was pretty, but it was really cold in there.
I took advantage of the large bay windows to do a little spotting, but really saw nothing since terminal 3 (ours) was at the opposite end of the airport from terminals 1 and 2, the international terminals.
Next came boarding. At first glance, it appeared we would have to board the plane on foot, as it was situated in front of the terminal, but finally a bus came for us, actually two buses.
We got on the bus, then we began to bypass the two runways, then to slalom around the parking areas for terminals 1 and 2, 15 minutes on the bus... Well why make such a magnificent terminal just to have a bus ride after seeing it...
Finally we arrived by foot at our Airbus 320, where the military welcome committee awaited us.
Boarding from the back, I headed in the direction of 14A, next time I'll board in front. It was not so great the way they failed to coordinate the plane seating with the buses. While waiting, the airport attendant literally began to go berserk on one of the passengers who went under the wing, despite the security cone's warning.
Leg room was pretty good, even large compared to other European airlines.
During the end of boarding and taxiing, the flight attendants offered us something to drink, Coke for me. Then after a few minutes of taxiing, we lined up and we were off.
Risen to a cruising altitude, then we re-Coked and no yummies during the flight...
The flight took place without incident, though it was under a 100% cloud cover the whole time.
Then came the moment when the desert appeared, with sand as far as the eye can see; it was the beginning of the descent, and the first fields appeared as well as the houses.
A gentle landing, the runway was large enough not to burn the brakes. The airport was empty of all other traffic. We left the plane via the stairway, and we walked to the terminal, actually the old one, as it appeared they were building a new one next to it.
Then we found our guide as we exited the airport, and we left for our visit to this country and its monuments for some days before returning to Tashkent in a mini-bus to depart again for Europe.
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