Day 11: Mirobod Bazaar

Mirobod was our first "Bazaar" experience in Tashkent when moved here in 2015.  Bizarre would be good way to describe our initial visit, and it still isn't my preferred shopping method, but if you want access to the best quality produce and don't mind bargaining for every single item on your shopping list, a trip … Continue reading Day 11: Mirobod Bazaar

Day 21: Uzbek Wine

Uzbekistan is hardly world renowned for its contribution to the global viticulture industry, but grapes have been cultivated in Central Asia for more than 2,000 years.  Zoroastrians were famous for their wine making skills, and this tradition survived the muslim conquest into the later middle ages, under Russian Imperial influence, during Soviet times, and through … Continue reading Day 21: Uzbek Wine

Day 23: Soviet Block Apartments

A home for every worker, or at least that was the promise of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev when in the late 1950s planners introduced the concrete panel apartment blocks which have themselves become a symbol of communism, and enjoy a certain cult following lovingly referred to as Khrushchevkas.  These three to five story mass produced apartment … Continue reading Day 23: Soviet Block Apartments

Day 99: Plov

Plov, glorious plov.  Italy has risotto, Spain has pallea, Uzbekistan has plov.  It's so much more than just rice.  Plov is a beloved national obsession.  Wedding plov, Navruz plov, Thursday plov, plov for every occasion.  The significance cannot be underestimated, nor can it can be truly appreciated without experiencing it, smelling it, eating it, tasting … Continue reading Day 99: Plov

How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”

For the entire 2016 calendar year, I committed myself to the next step in becoming more of a minimalist. In order to accomplish this, I made a New Year's Resolution to not buy any clothes for an entire year. I had many fashionista friends tell me I'm crazy and that it's a terrible idea, but … Continue reading How My 2016 New Years Resolution Had a “Trickle-Down Effect”