In May 2005, after my visit to Kyrgyzstan, I continued my trip to Uzbekistan. I embarked on a modern version of the Silk Road. It was a road trip across the country. I visted the Fergana Valley bordering Kyrgyzstan. Then I admired the famed cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. On the way, I met an eclectic cast of characters. I discovered traditional Bukhara through the eyes of a glamorous tour guide. And I shared the road with Olim, a rambunctious fellow traveller who wanted to celebrate our arrival with a feast. I also came across a angelic bread seller and many students eager to chat.