Summer Travel iPhone Diary

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello beautiful readers! It has been a while since I have posted anything on here and that is mainly because I have been away this summer.  I went to visit my family back in my homeland.  I have never really said anything about my background here before, so I think now is the time to get a little personal. Uzbekistan is what I call my homeland.  Many of you may not know a whole lot about this country. It is a country about the same size as California, and is located in Central Asia.  The reason that not a lot of people know about Uzbekistan is  because it was one of the countries that made up Soviet Union, so it gained its independence in 1991 when USSR dissolved.  Uzbekistan is a very diverse country known for its rich history and culture, and warm hospitality.  As I only get to visit once a year, I try to spend as much time as I can with my family there, which is why I have been MIA this summer.  Until I come to you with an outfit post, I hope you guys enjoy these pictures I have taken with my iPhone while in Uzbekistan!


^The flight was really long: 9 hours from NYC to Moscow, Russia, and 5 hours from Moscow to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (^How cool is the airport in Moscow?!)

  ^Just how mouthwatering do these fruits look?! Uzbekistan is known for having the most delicious organic fruits.  I honestly could not get enough of these fresh and juicy goodies.  There is a peach tree in my grandma's yard, and it makes the most delicious peaches in the world (last picture).
 
^Streets of Tashkent (capital of Uzbekistan)
^Hasti Imom Complex - one of the ancient religious squares.  You can see the blend of Eastern and Western cultures in the architecture of the buildings in the country.  
  
^In the summer, Uzbeks go on vacation to the mountains, where they visit different resorts or their own summer houses.  The mountains are a perfect place to get away from the hot, scorching heat of the city.  We were also able to spend some time in our family's summer house (left) in the mountains.  We got tanned, ate lots of good homemade food, shared many laughs, and overall had the best time!
^The quality of fresh air and the amazing view of nature in the mountains is indescribable! 
^I was able to spend a lot of quality time with my baby cousins (I have a lot!) as I babysat them.
 
^I went shopping for souvenirs, which is always a favorite part of my trip to Uzbekistan.  I love all the handmade jewelry boxes and the amazing artwork that Uzbek artists make.  They give their hearts and souls to their work, succeeding in portraying the rich history and culture of the country.
^Just posing by the statue of a famous Russian writer Shevchenko.  This statue is one of the remainders of the Soviet times.
 
^I think it is appropriate to end with food: Left picture is the traditional Uzbek lamb kebabs.  I could not get enough of these even though I literally had them every week! Right picture was taken at the best bakery in the city; We spent many afternoons in this bakery grabbing sweets and tea and chatting.

XOXO
Dee

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