This is one group of students (above) I really bonded with when in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Even today, after 12 years, I keep in touch with a good number of them. Some have done very, very well for themselves. One guy is an economics professor in Scotland and several others ended up with stints overseas - traveling, studying and working. Although these pics were obviously done on a special day, one benefit of living in the former USSR, especially at that time, was the sincere interest people had in getting to know us. The Uzbeks -and that includes all the various ethnic groups -were extremely hospitable and friendly. Of course, it sure helped knowing a language they were intent on learning.
a wonderful Uzbekistan pictorial given to me by Bekchan
The attention was flattering!