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Finding Taisija’s and Mamadi’s grave. Part 2

Samarkand / Uzbekistan


After we found the house of Alisher, the cousin who could help us to find the grave of Taisija and Mamadi, we got a warm welcome. Alisher was pretty surprised to see Victoria for the first time in thirty years. (hey, bro, would have you payed your phone bills, you would have known that a few days before, huh?)


He lives with his two (!!!) wifes and three kids in this typically self-supply household. Fruits and vegtables they grow in their garden.. ..and tabac of course. I know this from my mom in law. She spends most time of the the year at her dacha and grow all the groceries she (we) need. A happy and peaceful life. (btw, this peaceful life and all her love to me was put to the test when one day I stood with a bag of tomatoes from the supermarket in the door. But we clarified that..  ..I am refraining from then ....or do not tell her and just hide it).


There was a lot to tell. Sad stories, funny stories…  …and a lot of memories from former times. Many members of that families died already and many new kids where born who meanwhile are already parents. Stories of lifes that took place in different places, in different cultures, with many disappointments and many opportunities.


And then we finish our journey to fulfill our wish and the request we have received, to put flowers on grandma Taisija’s and her husband Mamadi’s grave in Samarkand / Uzbekistan.



20 responses

  1. Also hier nehme ich definitiv das erste Foto mit dem Gang durch die ‘Türe !!! Einfach Super

    October 15, 2019 at 9:38

    • danke, Manni. Ich liebe dieses Bild.. …es hat so was spannendes und neugieriges..

      October 15, 2019 at 10:14

      • Irgendwie erinnert mich das Foto an ein Kinoplakat, kann nur den Film nicht zuordnen im Moment

        October 15, 2019 at 10:26

        • ..du, da sagst du was. Hmmm.. …komme auch nicht drauf.

          October 16, 2019 at 11:11

  2. Amazing story with the happy end and gorgeous photos. ❤

    October 15, 2019 at 14:14

    • It was so thrilling to dig in the past.. …and not only in photos or letters.. ..in real.

      October 16, 2019 at 11:15

  3. wow, was für eine unglaublich persönliche und intensive bilderserie. das kind vor der türe und der lichteinfall ist mein absoluter favorit, aber die ganze serie ist speziell super.

    October 15, 2019 at 15:43

    • Als persönlich und intensiv habe ich es auch empfunden. Wir sind da ja wirklich mitten in ein Leben geplatzt, das wir nur vom hören/sagen kannten. Eine echt schöne Erinnerung… ….und die ganze Verwandtschaft aus Moskau wollte auch sofort alle Bilder sehen.

      October 16, 2019 at 11:17

  4. A very touching story of love and devotion, Markus!

    October 15, 2019 at 16:26

    • Thant was an experience with so many facets.. ..curious, thrilling, emotional moments. Thank you, Peter.

      October 16, 2019 at 11:19

  5. it’s a powerful narrative I appreciate your honesty and humour Markus…I imagine your mother-in-law does as well 😀 heartfelt and tender and such wonderful captures of little ones…I’m reminded of the book “Black Sheep and Kissing Cousins: How Our Family Stories Shape Us” by Elizabeth Stone…also I hope to return to the Netherlands and do some of my own ancestor research…thanks for sharing ~ many smiles hedy ☺️🙃🙂

    October 16, 2019 at 22:06

    • 🙂 🙂 what a great comment, dear Hedy. That made my day. Thank you. ..and yes, that was a wonderful trip. Precious experiences. 🙂 I wish you all the best about your ancestor research in the netherlands. btw, I would have always asked you about your family name.. …thought there would be some german blood in your family.. …but the NL are just around the corner 🙂
      Have a wonderful creative week, …smiles around the corner and over the pond 🙂 🙂

      October 23, 2019 at 10:53

      • I’m 100% Dutch as my father always told me…I’m churched 💑 and he is Romanian Irish…yes I’ve had a creative week got some prints and did a little ‘bump’ to them entering them into a exhibition if I’m curated in🤞😀

        October 23, 2019 at 15:01

        • that sounds all great and creative. Wow, an exhibition. Would be love to see some work of you. Is there a link to that exhibition where I can see the photos? 🙂

          October 29, 2019 at 11:26

        • I’ll see what is curated in 🤞 I’ll let you know Markus 🤓

          October 29, 2019 at 14:17

        • thank you, Hedy 🙂

          October 29, 2019 at 15:16

  6. You have a beautiful extended family! I’m so glad you were able to find your relatives as well as put flowers on Taisija’s grave.

    October 18, 2019 at 5:54

    • …so here I am. Part two. Yes, what a family from my wifes branch.. ..in my branch from Germany you’ll only find common people (mostly)… …but my russian family.. …wow, 1000 stories to tell and books to write.
      Thank you for your kind words, Kathy
      cheers, Markus 🙂 🙂

      October 23, 2019 at 11:11

  7. Wunderschöne Bilder, auf eurer Suche nach dem Familiengrab. Ahnenforschung hat mich lange Zeit gar nicht interessiert. Das kommt nun langsam. Ob das am fortschreitenden Alter liegt? 😀

    November 13, 2019 at 11:04

    • Ahnenforschung habe ich bisher eigentlich auch nie betrieben, obwohl es mich interessiert. Für uns war das spannende daran es LIVE mitzuerleben und die Menschen und Geschichten kennenzulernen.
      Vielleicht liegt es wirklich am fortschreitenden Alter, weil einen dann mehr dieser Zeitraum, den man auf der Welt verbringt interessiert.

      November 15, 2019 at 11:49

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