Indoor plumbing, Silk Road style.

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 been similar. High, thick walls all the way around–you can see why it looked like safety to Wu Li.

caravanserai in Konya, Turkey

There was running water by way of a fountain in the central courtyard. Lodging for people and beasts were built into the walls.

caravanserai courtyard

Stables for camels, horses, donkeys. Plenty of room for even a large caravan.

caravanserai stables

And in the lodging for people, indoor plumbing. Water would have run through the trough to clear the waste.

caravanserai indoor plumbing

Efficient and healthy, although with my delicate twenty-first century nose I could only imagine the smell.

HoZ Silk and Song final.jpg

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

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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  1. At the time of Jesus’s birth, it was a good thing that there was “no room at the inn [caravanserais]”; a private stable in a cave would have been so much more clean and less toxic!

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