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Tashkent

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Culture and Etiquette in a Travel Frontier: Understanding Uzbekistan

Even among experienced travelers, the ‘stans (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) are unknown territory. They have little cultural penetration in the west, so while many of us can close our eyes and envision Bangkok, Tokyo or Singapore, we can’t necessarily do the same for Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan. Besides the normal concerns […]

“Tastes Like Home” – The Comfort Foods of Asia

“Tastes Like Home” – The Comfort Foods of Asia

It’s an individual choice – that dish you crave when you’ve been away from home for too long. Or the food you hanker after when you’ve had a long day, or when the weather turns colder. Comfort food, the cuisine nearest and dearest to our hearts, varies from nation to nation and even city to […]

7 Reasons to put Uzbekistan on your “Go Now” list

7 Reasons to put Uzbekistan on your “Go Now” list

Thanks to a long history of occupation by rising and falling empires, Uzbekistan has accrued fascinating layers of ancient, historic and modern cultures, which today lie side by side. From Bukhara to Khiva, Uzbek cities are filled with stunningly-preserved or wonderfully-crumbling architecture, sacred places of worship and formidable edifices of defence, bustling bazaars and peaceful […]

Plov, Actually: A Wander around Tashkent

Plov, Actually: A Wander around Tashkent

You know that old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover?” I feel like there should be a similar statement for Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan: “don’t judge a city by its airport.”