Once you get in, you’ll never get out.

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The Taklamakan Desert.

Some sources claim it means “Place of No Return”, more commonly interpreted as “once you get in, you’ll never get out.”

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And you can see why.

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HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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It’s all about product placement on the Silk Road.

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Coal and stovepipes in the Kuche market. Hey, buy one, gotta buy the other.

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

Shoe a mule or fill a cavity–your choice at the Kuche market.

Shoeing a reluctant mule

So you can get your mule shoed…

 

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…and ten feet to your left see this sign…

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…so while you’re waiting on your mule you can go in and get that pesky cavity in your second lower left molar filled. I sent this photo to my dentist and he reported that that that dentist had pretty modern equipment. I regret to this day not asking our guide to ask how much it would cost to get that cavity filled.

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

 

How they made the bread on the Silk Road.

There’s a scene in the marketplace in Kashgar where Johanna eats bread.

Think this bread.

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It’s what’s for breakfast.

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Provided by our trusty guide David. Or in Johanna’s case, her friend Fatima’s parents, Malala and Ahmed.

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HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

The silk in Silk Road.

Allow me to introduce you to a silk merchant in the market at Kuche.

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Yes, those materials were just as blinding to the eye as they are to the camera lens.

As she was displaying her wares to us, the muzzein sounded the call to prayer. She held up a hand, laid aside her silks, got out her prayer rug, and knelt facing east to do her prayers. After which, she rose back to her feet, folded her rug and put it away, and resumed business.

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I bought a long length of rainbow-colored net gauze to give to my niece the seamstress. I could have bought a lot more.

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Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

Early morning message from Scott Gere down at GDP…

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Or you could just click on the cover below. She whispered enticingly.

The Land Beyond cover art