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Elaine Tuo  🌎 Traveller | Nerd | Mother of a rescued 🐢. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³

Tremblant Village

Cone-head Friday, the struggle is real 🐢

Buster: β€œMom, is it time to open the presents yet?” πŸŽ„

It’s going to be a white Christmas ❄️ #christmas #letitsnow #truenorth #ontario #niagara #winecountry #pellarestates #winter #snow

From Istanbul, with ❀️ #love #heart #istanbul #turkey #turkishdelight #tea

Spend the last Silk Road days in Khiva, once a barbaric slave town, nowadays a charming open museum. #khiva #uzbekistan #centralasia #asia #silkroad #ancientcity #walledcity #minaret #city

To many, Samarkand is the city of Timur. While he will forever be remembered by the rest of the world as the mighty conqueror whose armies killed more than 17 million people, he is thought of with fondness by the locals. After all, he did leave more than just a legacy of death and war, his legacy is Samarkand. Today, as I stood in front of Timur's tomb in his city sitting mid-way between the east and the west, I imagined the glory days of Silk Road. #samarkand #uzbekistan #centralasia #cis #asia #timur #tamerlane #legacy #mausoleum #turqoise #statue #travelphotography

Many people say if you can only visit one Central Asian city, make it Samarkand. To many, Samarkand IS the Silk Road. The minarets, the colourful tile work that decorates everything, the tombs of powerful and merciless emperor, bustling bazaars, monumental mosques and madrassas, all of it combines to make this city a living and breathing part of history. #Samarkand #registan #uzbekistan #centralasia #madrassa #asia #silkroad #islam #fiftyshadesofblue

Sweet to ride forth at evening from the wells,
When shadows pass gigantic on the sand,
And softly through the silence beat the bells,
Along the Golden Road to Samarkand.

We travel not for trafficking alone,
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned,
For lust of knowing what should not be known,
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand. - James Elroy Flecker #shahizinda #uzbekistan #samarkan #silkroad #mausoleum #fiftyshadesofblue #blue #tajik #centralasia #cis #asia #islam #tomb

With a ghetto hand-drew map, a driver who's disoriented, and a curious B&B owner, we crossed several mountains, drove at the country road at 20km/hr, and reached the Yagnob Valley. The valley is home to the Yagnobi people, a people directly descended from the ancient Sogdian civilization. Due to its natural isolation and limited infrastructure access, the Yagnobis have been able to preserve their distinct lifestyle, culture, and most importantly, the Sogdian language. In fact, the Yagnobis are the last people on earth to speak this ancient language.
I first learnt about the valley when watching a BBC documentary. Even though the documentary has been released for over a decade, the valley did not draw huge tourist crowd. The people are still very curious about the visitors from outside the valley.
The Sogdian merchants were one of the most active group of people traveling along the ancient Silk Road, promoting the trade of goods and exchange of cultures along the way. It feels like time travel to meet their descends and hear this ancient language being spoken. #tajikistan #centralasia #yagnob #yaghnob #valley #sogdian #silkroad #dushanbe #river #mountains #travelphotography #trekking

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