Uzbekistan by train: there's a surprise at nearly every station
Philip Engelen joins a tiny tour group on a rail trip through former Soviet republic
Sometime last year I chanced upon a book in a charity shop in Cape Town called Eastern Approaches by one Sir Fitzroy Maclean.
Flicking through it, I noticed Maclean had been a British diplomat to the USSR in the late 1930s. It started with his story of a difficult, off-the-record trip he had taken to the ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara in what is now Uzbekistan...