Karshi – Family Away from Home

7/8 camp in abandoned building –> Karshi

Back in Nukus, I had met Ulugbek who invited me to visit his hometown Karshi if it was on my way. So heading to Tajikistan, I planned to make a stop in Karshi. When I arrived, Ulugbek and his family gave me the warmest welcome, and within an hour, they treated me like part of their family, like a daughter. In the household lived Ulugbek’s father and mother; his brother, sister-in-law and their new baby (sooo cute!); and Ulugbek who is at home for summer vacation (he has spent the last 3 years in school in China). The family runs a pharmacy shop out of their house.

P1020100lavender farms

P1020102had a two hour rest with this watermelon seller. she sent me off with yogurt and a big momma hug

P1020103entering Karshi city


P1020105Ulugbek and his mom and dad. They prepared a wonderful Uzbek meal.

P1020107 osh/ pilav, the national dish of Uzbekistan

P1020113the rest of Ulugbek’s family

P1020118my own room!

7/9 Karshi

Because I really felt like family at Karshi, I did not feel like I could leave! And where did I need to be, really? Friends and family are more important than cycling to the next country. So I took another rest day in Karshi, hangin’ with the fam, and Ulugbek took me for a bike tour of Karshi. Of course, we had obligatory lunch and ice cream stops along the way. It was great speaking both Chinese and English with Ulugbek. He told me more about his life in China (which he really enjoyed) and about life in Uzbekistan. Like Shakhrat, he said every young person is trying to leave Uzbekistan. Ulugbek just got selected in the green card lottery, so he is hoping to come to the US at the end of the year. Don’t be surprised if I show up back in the US with an adopted little brother named Ulugbek!

P1020119P1020122P1020127 P1020129 P1020131 P1020132 P1020133Karshi samsa (samosa)

P1020134the Qarshadarya River

P1020136Ulugbek’s father’s bike is from USSR times


P1020138the bazaar in Karshi

7/10 Karshi

This morning at breakfast, father and mother pleaded, “Don’t leave today! Its too hot outside! Take some more rest. Leave tomorrow. Please!!!” I felt I could not say no, and I enjoyed being part of their family so much that I stayed another day in Karshi. I spent the day helping out at the pharmacy (father gave me a pharmacy coat!), working on some bike maintenance, and watching Chinese movies with Ulugbek.

2 Thoughts on “Karshi – Family Away from Home

  1. Nadine on July 11, 2013 at 9:56 am said:

    It’s great to see you’re having so much locals interactions. Let me guess, you’re probably THE expert in making friends non-verbally of whole central asia in the meanwhile?!

  2. Yuki on July 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm said:

    Minwah! You find families everywhere you go! That must be a wonderful feeling, to have so many happy relatives :) I am also glad that you are taking plenty of time to rest and take in your surroundings.

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