Category Archives: Teaser Tuesday

Free-range Camels on the Silk Road

I went to China in 2005 to research Silk and Song, specifically to western China or the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. It’s a very large place, Xinjiang, and we would frequently be tarryhooting off in the middle of nowhere, with … Continue reading

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Indoor plumbing, Silk Road style

With Persian bandits marauding this far east, the sooner they were behind caravanserai walls, the better. In Turkey, I saw my first caravanserai. It was built in the time of the Seljuks, but the caravanserais in Johanna’s time would have … Continue reading

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Breakfast!

Next to Ahmed’s stall green-glazed earthenware jars of olive oil, big enough to hold both Johanna and Jaufre with room to spare, were stacked against bales of hay. The vendor had set up a crude wooden table with a bowl … Continue reading

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