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I returned from Uzbekistan. What do you want to know about the journey? :) This is perhaps the most colorful of all countries I've visited. And completely secular. So those who warned me about wild Muslims and savage practices have absolutely no clue about which they speak. It's a pity people are so poisoned with prejudices, and I cannot understand why so many Russians have a negative attitude toward the Uzbeks. The locals were warm, open, welcoming and the country is far more civilized and advanced than I imagined. I will try to share more impressions next week...

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yacc11
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hi
Well. First of all - which cities/towns/places have you visited? :)))
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi
Hi! Tashkent, Nukus, Khiva, Bhukara and Samarkand.
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kuskus_kuskus
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:26 pm (UTC)


its long drive welcome to saint petersburg :-)
https://youtu.be/6sXRjE0_VfM

peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:48 pm (UTC)
I visited many mosques and madrasas in Uzbekistan! They have beautiful architecture there.
kichiro_sora
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:38 pm (UTC)
Show us some pictures maybe??? I was born there, in Buhara, but never been after parents moved at 1 y.o.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:49 pm (UTC)
I have tons of pictures, and of course will show. Of all the cities I visited, Khiva was my favorite. But I also was in Bukhara. It is much more modern than the other cities.
alexanderr
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:48 pm (UTC)
congratulations on making it back alive and in one piece!

so, how was their English? did they sound like they were all from Brooklyn?
or some had distinct London accents?
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:51 pm (UTC)
They do not know English. :)) But everyone speaks Russian, and I was traveling with a Russian speaker so everything was fine. Most young people know a few words of English and many were excited to see an American woman. I have never been stopped so many times by strangers to ask if I would take selfies with them. For me, it was very strange to be treated as a celebrity of sorts.
seadevil001
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:49 pm (UTC)
Welcome back. Yes, Uzbeks are OK. However, 20 years ago it was hard in there. What do you think of Tashkent?
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC)
Based on what the locals tell me, the country has changed dramatically in the past two years with the new leadership. And for the better. Tashkent for me is just a big city, I did not really find anything charming about it. It's quite interesting how the entire place was rebuilt after the earthquake in the 60's. Uzbeks are very charming, and extremely artistic. I completely fell in love with all of the crafts, handmade ceramics, rugs, colorful clothes, etc. I brought tons of stuff back to the USA.
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ssh24
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC)
In the 1990s. In Central Asia, tens of thousands of Russians were killed. raped, robbed, killed. the rest sold the property for a pittance and fled. beggars then lived in Russia

I do not judge people by nationality. but it was. I have many friends who ran away from there In the 1990s

Edited at 2018-11-30 03:55 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:55 pm (UTC)
People have been robbed, raped and killed almost everywhere on the planet...
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isadora_mn
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC)
I am Russian and I don't dislike Uzbeks. On the contrary I love their hospitality, humour and kindness.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 03:55 pm (UTC)
Very good. And they have tasty food too. :)
rider3099
Nov. 30th, 2018 04:07 pm (UTC)
Wow! I have never been to Uzbekistan!
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 04:09 pm (UTC)
Well, it is very far away from the USA. Maybe I'm getting too old for these trips to the other side of the world because I am still exhausted. :))
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yarowind
Nov. 30th, 2018 04:18 pm (UTC)
>>why so many Russians have a negative attitude toward the Uzbeks.

Because in Russia they occupy a niche of illegal migrants from Central America to the United States. And people remember how they kicked out the Russians in the 90s. People who were born and lived all their lives in Uzbekistan.

As for Islam-the local authorities are very afraid of Islamic extremists, and therefore tightly control the sphere of religiosity.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 04:23 pm (UTC)
This control over religiosity is good. It should play no role in governments. I strongly believe it. Well, I do not care about illegals, as you know. Because the Mexicans and illegals from Central American countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who come to the USA perform labor that most Americans are too lazy or proud to do themselves. Thus, they contribute to society, infrastructure, construction, etc...and this is all that can be asked of any individual.

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caramba_hola
Nov. 30th, 2018 05:15 pm (UTC)
Since my childhood I was eager to visit Samarkand and Bukhara. My dreams did not realised ))
But now I am one of those who consider former Soviet Asian republics to be very dangerous. Maybe I am mistaken.

Tell us more about Uzbekistan.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 05:19 pm (UTC)
I will tell more next week. Why do you think these places are dangerous?
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jackie_jones
Nov. 30th, 2018 05:30 pm (UTC)
All Uzbeks I know personally are very nice, honest and hard-working people. One of them told me that it is much more smiles on the streets of Tashkent than in Moscow, and much less violence. But he also told that if they find that Uzbek bride is not a virgin - woe to her. Also they have a dictatorship not long ago, with total censorship and suppression of opposition.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC)
It's true. Uzbeks smile at strangers, and are friendly. I even left my wallet in one of the stores by mistake, and the owner chased me down to return it rather than steal the money. This gave me hope for humanity. :)
kremlin_curant
Nov. 30th, 2018 07:15 pm (UTC)
Welcome home.
Agree. Uzbeks are friendly and hard working people. But there are some Islamist organizations in Uzbekistan what makes political situation difficult to control.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was an interesting trip.
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stzal
Nov. 30th, 2018 07:43 pm (UTC)
That's a hard question about attitude.
Have a guess: most russians had a deal with illegal gastarbeiters from Asia. So, often uzbeks are considered as unqualified weirdos. That causes people think in specific way.

Edited at 2018-11-30 07:44 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Nov. 30th, 2018 07:46 pm (UTC)
I have never heard this word "gastarbeiters" - so, you have taught me some new vocabulary today. :)
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pin_gwin
Nov. 30th, 2018 09:53 pm (UTC)
On negativity
Hi Shannon
Simply imagine, that a city where you live began pretty rapidly changing ethnicity, language and appearance of people with a lower education level and social status. It is becoming a foreign place for you. I can not imagine anybody would like it. That is not about Russia only, it is much broader, and broadly it is covered by "political correctness".
I was in Moscow last month, and roughly a quarter of people around me were not of local origin, specifically lots of Asians, and they were speaking different language. I mentioned also that local Moscow accent is changing too. I do not feel these changes are for good both in long and in short term.
3as7
Dec. 1st, 2018 12:03 pm (UTC)
Re: On negativity
Hahahahahaha
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alex_g9885
Dec. 2nd, 2018 11:51 pm (UTC)
Welcome back from Uzbekistan! I'm looking forward towards your next post about the trip. (And perhaps it will also help dispel some of the prejudices and misconceptions people have about the country).

Edited at 2018-12-02 11:53 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 2nd, 2018 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I’ll try to write about my favorite city this week - Khiva. Very beautiful and unique place.
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