Uzbekistan

Austrian Radio Interview: Travel in Uzbekistan

Austrian Radio Interview: Travel in Uzbekistan Happy New Year! I’m frantically finishing and editing a write-up from my trip to Eritrea in November to get it all wrapped up before taking off for the hinterlands of Texas this week, so no long-form posts on here for a while yet. I did, however, manage to a quick … Continue reading »

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World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: A Nomad Olympics

World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan: An Olympics for Nomadic Cultures If you were following my Facebook Page or Instagram in 2014, you’ll have undoubtedly seen a flood of images from old-school portraits to crazy sporting events, all from one very specific and amazing event: The World Nomad Games 2014. Hosted by Kyrgyzstan and featuring teams from across the Pan-Turkic world and … Continue reading »

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Tamerlane was Here: The Crown of Central Asia

“For lust of knowing what should not be known, We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.” -The Story of Hassan of Baghdad, by James Elroy Flecker Samarkand is Timur is Samarkand. Though not the place where he was born (which honor belongs to Shakrisabz), Samarkand became the beating heart of Central Asia largely because Timur … Continue reading »

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Sweet Water in the Iqion Qala

I’ve written on here before about how Khiva is full of amazing people (who were amazingly patient with my attempts at portraits), but I didn’t really mention how incredible the Old Town (Iqion Qala) of Khiva itself is. This whole part of the city is really its own densely-packed museum quarter, with the distinction that … Continue reading »

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Sandcastles Gone Wild

  Deep in the sands of Uzbekistan lies the Elliq Qala, or “50 Castles.” This “Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm” is, rightly, one of the most widely touted tourist destinations in all of Central Asia. Though 20 ruins have been unearthed to date, this Land of Fortresses is an easy place to get lost in … Continue reading »

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Shopping the Urgut Bazaar

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Seeing more of Shakrisabz

I’ve been to Shakrisabz before, but with a new camera and lots of free time in Uzbekistan I thought it might be worth a go. Then I saw a magazine article about the Katta Langar mausoleum outside of town, and I was sold. Shakrisabz is famous (in Uzbekistan) as the birthplace of Timur, once the … Continue reading »

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Ain’t No Party Like an Uzbek Party

Did you know that circumcision parties are a thing? Nope, me neither. Uzbekistan being what it is, though, even serious religious rites can serve as an excuse to get to together with friends and family a tables full of food and bottles full of vodka. Shortly after we walked by and were invited inside,the whole … Continue reading »

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