I spent a year living and working in Uzbekistan. And, like most people, I didn’t know much about the country before moving there. I quickly learned that Uzbekistan is unlike any other place I’ve lived in or travelled to. As I bumbled around the country from one mishap to another, I quickly fell in love with its beautiful strangeness.
Uzbekistan has an ancient history along The Great Silk Road.
One of nomadic cultures, trade, Islamic traditions, mathematics, beautiful architecture and soviet legacies. It’s a country of many contrasts. From Tashkent’s massive and cold soviet building blocks next to inviting green parks and wide boulevards, to its historic blue-tiled Islamic madrasahs which stand in contrast against the barren desert. It’s a police state marked by human rights abuses. But yet, as a tourist, it feels warm and welcoming.
In this post I’ve included some of my favorite photos that I took while I lived in Uzbekistan.
From the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, out across the remote Karakalpakstan desert to the almost non-existent Aral Sea, and to Zaamin National Park in the east. There are so many historical sights and unique regions to visit!
20 photos to inspire you to visit Uzbekistan:
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