Day 1: Uzbekistan

It's late June in Tashkent, 11am, 32° in the shade (90°F), UV index off the charts, 24% humidity.  A really nice day for this time of year.  We walk to Café Breadly from our house through the mahalla where the workers from the regions have been busy on on all the various house construction/remodel projects since … Continue reading Day 1: Uzbekistan

Day 7: Minor Mosque

Situated along the left bank of the ancient Angor canal running through the center of Tashkent, the Minor Mosque is a brand new example of monumental architecture in the post-independence era of Uzbekistan.  The first President of the Republic, Islam Karimov, ordered its construction through an executive order that a mosque should be built within … Continue reading Day 7: Minor Mosque

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 57: Jahongir B&B

Immerse yourself in the Uzbek "mahalla" lifestyle when visiting Samarkand and stay at our favorite guest house in Uzbekistan, the Jahongir B&B.  With an amazing location just steps from Registan Square and local national food options, this idyllic mom and pop option totally lives up the hype generated by positive mention in the guidebooks. The … Continue reading Day 57: Jahongir B&B

Day 86: Mahalla

Historically, life in Uzbekistan has always revolved around the mahalla.  The rough equivalent of a neighborhood in the traditional western sense, the mahalla is in the east, near east, new east, and middle east, an important aspect of everyday community life. In Uzbekistan, mahalla were historically built around family connections, weddings, funerals, neighborhood and family … Continue reading Day 86: Mahalla