Seven Myths of the Great Silk Road

Before I came to Uzbekistan in 1997 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I knew very little about the country or, in fact, the entire region. Since it was the early days of the internet, there wasn't as muc...

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The Melons of Uzbekistan

I remember when I was a kid growing up in Michigan in the 1970s and my grandfather decided to grow watermelons in his garden. When they were harvested in August, we would have a backyard cook-out a...

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What You Need to Know About Plov

Since we’re on the subject of food, let’s talk a little more about what Uzbeks like to eat. When I was in the Peace Corps, one of the questions that I would get from time to time was, “Wh...

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Getting an Uzbek Visa

Now for some practical information about Uzbek visas. While this blog entry is not designed to answer all of your questions, it will give you the basics that will help you through the process.

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Top 5 Things to See in Uzbekistan

There are more than enough fascinating things to do and see in Uzbekistan, and I should know; I lived there for about 5 years and got to see most of them! However, I’ve been tasked to list the top ...

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Sharq Taronalari Music Festival

If you are a music aficionado, this will be of great interest to you. The largest music festival in the East, known as the “Sharq Taronalari” is being held in Samarkand August 25 – 30. The festival...

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Uzbek Joke

Jokes are an important aspect to daily life in Uzbekistan, and I learned this very quickly from my brother, Rakhmadjon, when I first arrived in Kuvasoy (Ferghana Valley) in 1997. It seemed that eve...

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The Legacy of Nasreddin Khoja

The statue of Nasreddin Khoja in Bukhara  Speaking of jokes, one of the most popular tricksters in the Muslim world is Nasridden Khoja. Born in 1208 in Bukhara (although man...

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American - Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce Business Conference

The American – Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce held its 20th annual Business Forum yesterday in Washington, D.C. I'd never attended one of their events before, but I was very interested to learn mor...

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The Uzbek Family

The families in Uzbekistan are among the most loving, secure and tightest I’ve known during my travels throughout the world. Of course, I lived with a great family for two years in Kuvasoy, so I th...

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