After the night of camping we drove to our first “real” sightseeing point and a proper bed. We reserved a room in a guesthouse in Khiva. The city is an old slave trading stronghold with huge city walls and big old mosques and Uzbek-style minarets. Quite an impressive site to see, if there weren’t the busloads of local and especially foreign middle aged tourists. The shops in the city were all overpriced and focused to get a piece of that tourist money. Something me and Semi hate. Nonetheless our guesthouse was surprisingly awesome. It was right next to all the spots that bring all the tourists to the town, the hosts were really nice and it had an amazing breakfast. We decided to end the evening with some self-boiled pelmeni and a bottle of Uzbek red wine.
Qora Marvarid to be precise. The wine smelled like some home made Georgian wine we had but with a much sweeter note to it. The color was super dark so I expected it to be heavy and semi dry. Unfortunately I was wrong. The wine was super sweet with a stale fruity taste and an unidentifiable bad twist to it. It only had 10% alcohol as well. A huge disappointment as it was the first red wine since quite a while. At least the pelmeni were nice.