Pictures from Central Asia

I cannot believe how few pictures I took on this journey.  There was so much to see, so many cool photo options, but perhaps I found myself more taken up with the experience and so forgot to use the camera.  Also, there were quite a few places where I was not allowed to bring a camera in or use it.  Well, I gotta go with what I got... here they are.

This is a PDF of the Vatican passport.  I had to return it to the vatican and so mad bad xerox copies of the pages that were printed and used.  I used to love to show it to my very conservative parishoners who were very interested in telling me I was not in line with the church.. pointing out that the pope trusted me enough to issue the passport and make me a ambassadorial attache.  They hated it.


This was the collection of homes and shacks that pretty much surrounded the church in Almaty, Kaz. Looking behind the most visible house begin the shacks and other dwellings where I got lost in the smoke during their meal prep time.  It went for quite a ways.


The meat market in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  They raise both cattle and horses for meat.  It turns out, I rather enjoyed horse.


Andres and the Tashkent pastor at the meat market



At the gate of our hotel in Ashkabat, Turkmenistan.  Looking toward the mountains separating Turkmenistan from Iran



Throughout Turkmenistan (and the other countries) we shared the "hiway" with animal carts, big trucks, and camels.


Saparmurat Hajii Mosque in Gokdepe, Turkmenistan


The inner dome of the Saparmurat Hajii Mosque

Memorial to WWII Russian soliders killed in Ashqabat, Turkmenistan

A little road side shopping on the hiway in Turkmenistan

Andres balancing our roadside lunch

City traffic in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Exterior wall of the Ark in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Carved wood lattice work above one of the interior doors of the Ark

Photo op atop the walls of the Ark in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Registan Mosque & Tilya-Kori Madrasah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Interior dome of the Registan mosque

Registan Mosque

At the Registan entrance with Pawel and Nuncio Oleg

Pawel using hand-cranked gas pump in Uzbekistan

On the main street of Samarkand

Snack stand and people waiting to buy gas from the hand-cranked pumps