Trip Start Jan 15, 2005
16Trip End Jun 01, 2005
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I hope you are doing well. Today is great, it is sunny and warmer here. I guess this has been a colder than usual winter for Uzbekistan, I wonder what that means for the summer. Either way, I'm looking forward to spring here, warmer weather, green trees and more food variety. Right now I'm eating a lot of potatoes, bread, soup. The other night my family made "non osh", osh is the Uzbek national food, it consists of rice, raisens, carrots, onions, and it's pretty oily. Well non (bread) osh is noodles, potatoes, and bread all in a broth. The amounts of carbs consumed here is unbelievable, the Atkins diet would not work here.
Last weekend, Peace Corps sent all the trainees on an independent trip. I was in a group of 16 going to Shakrisabz, other trainees went to Samarkand, Bukhara, and Navoi
The day I left Shakhriszbz, the weather was clear so I could see the surrounding mountains. The mountain range is Gissaro-Alay, and I think they are the mountains leading into the Himalayans. Correct me if I'm wrong. The town of Shakhrisabz is nice but I'll return to the mountains, hopefully I'll be able to give you a trail report.
The history of the place saturates the air, but as I walk down the street, American pop music blasts from speakers in front of stores selling bootleg music. Conflict between present and past is ever present. Conflict between present and future is also evident. Donkey carts and BMWs. High heel wearing modern women with their "babushka" grandmothers. American excess slaps me in the face even though I'm half way around the world.
Thanks for all your emails. I look forward to reading about your lives.