Uzgun sports a minaret and some old mausoleums, and a very friendly atmosphere, and is well worth the trip from Osh
Having already seen most of Osh, we had a day spare, which we used to drive to nearby Uzgun, a town with a series of three 10th-11th Century mausoleums. Of interest because of the intricate brickwork that was used in those days as decoration, well before the blue-coloured tiles became the norm. Perhaps because of the mausoleums, Uzgun receives quite a lot of pilgrims, and is a notably more religious town than we have seen so far, with a large number of mosques, and many women covered.
At the mausoleums, a group of men was having a picnic, and with a big grin invited us to join, at least for a cup of tea. They explained that they were remembering a comrade, and that they do this every year; what a nice idea. They also insisted that I take a couple of pictures, to which I, naturally, obliged. Great faces!
It happened to be some celebration day, and the military band was out with a squadron or two, to put up a show in the main square. Very young soldiers, all of them, who did their best to come across as fearsome, yet the show was stolen by two kids letting a couple of doves escape. How tacky can you get, but the public loved it, a bit – many are ethnic Uzbeks, here, and I suppose the army is predominantly Kyrgyz.
In the afternoon I decided that I would be able to see the Pamirs better if I would have a haircut first. I located a hairdresser, took a seat in her 20 ft container, and let faith control the rest. What can I say? As with so many things in ex-Soviet republics, efficiency trumps aesthetics. I now understand much better why Kyrgyz man are wearing these traditional hats on their heads, I am seriously considering buying one myself. And I will most certainly not post many photos of me anymore, this blog!