Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

It’s a Bazaar Life

In some ways, walking down the streets of Tashkent, Shymkent or Bishkek  doesn’t feel all that different from a stroll through the center of any city in the United States or Europe. You pass a variety of stores, restaurants, government buildings and shopping malls. The people around you are likely headed to work or to …

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Khiva, Uzbekistan

Dear Khiva, I’m Sorry

Dear Khiva, It wasn’t you, it was me. I swear. Another time, another place, things could have been different. Okay, I guess not another place since you have kind of been where you are for a few hundred years. Maybe even a few thousand years. But you get my drift. I had high hopes for …

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Inside a 16th Century Madrassah

One of the things I hate about popular tourist sites is that access is often restricted. I understand this in the interest of historic preservation or safety or a combination of both, but it can be frustrating. Therefore, I love when I stumble upon a site that I can explore with complete freedom. I experienced …

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