Kade kneels next to a stream formed by the San Francisco Glacier, about two hours outside Santiago, Chile.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Living in Uzbekistan

The whole video is interesting, but here are the parts that feature Andy and me:

11:30  in our apartment with American friends/impersonating Forrest Gump and Bubba/Andy teasing our Russian "Jill of all trades"
19:45 buying bread/Tamerlane monument/souvenir shop/eating pilaf and shashlik
34:50 a brief moment in front of the Tashkent Financial Institute (where we worked)/dinner at Cafe Europa
46:20 crashing a wedding party/riding metro
102:25 student Bakhadir showing us an Uzbek tea house
105:00 enjoying tea with Uzbek men
105:18 full dinner at Bakhadir's family home, "Tonight we are Uzbeks."
130:47 Bakhadir's father giving me pickled tomatoes and some cherry compote (juice) from his cellar

Our "team" of Americans representing various states, from Alabama to Oregon to Ilinois to Michigan to California to Pennsylvania to Nebraska.  The interaction among this group was a cultural experience on its own!  We were affiliated with Educational Services International, out of California.

A small group students I had taken on a "field trip."  I think I got them into trouble!  For more pictures with classes of students, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

A couple of the Uzbek teachers (and colleagues of ours) who were instrumental in helping Andy and me at the Tashkent Financial Institute.  Mrs. Jebova (right) also helped us outside of school when we needed it.  For example, she helped me find a barber and, more importantly,  communicated with the barber on my behalf that very first time.  I knew scant Russian and he knew no English.  After Mrs. Jebova's assistance in setting things up, I visited this barber every three weeks, and didn't have to say a word.  I did eventually practice some Russian on him!  Remains to this day the best "old style" barber experience I've ever had!  Of course, I don't need one today!!!

Ulugbek statue, Samarkand.  Andy and I went with a couple of our sudents to Samarkand.  One was from there, and we stayed with his family.

This was in The Headland Observer.  The photo on the left, in Samarkand, remains my all-time favorite from that time.  Upon returning to the USA, I was on a speaking circuit for a bit.  Andy came over to Headland, AL and we spoke to a men's breakfast at the First Baptist Church that my dad had organized it.  One of the best questions was from the pastor, who asked, "What was the greatest misconception that they have of us?"  And I think my answer was, "that we all have money."  I later spoke to my aunt's Sunday School class.  Then there was the Kiwanis Club, the Lion's club and Women's Garden Club (or maybe the retired teachers group).  I also spoke at another church in rural Alabama.  The most fun I had, though, was teaming up with Uncle Jim for a presentation to a group in Dothan, AL.  We spent half our time just fumbling through the VHS tape!  Where was YouTube then?!?!?

To view other Uzbekistan photos from that period, click here.  On that page, you can also find photos and a video of my trip to India, which I took while in Tashkent during the winter break between semesters.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Allen! This is great video! I start watching and already so much to reminisce.... Those guys at Uzbek embassy in Moscow I knew very well. Slava was a good friend and visit regularly our cafe later on. Another guy Batyr was my first break-dance teacher at university of Tashkent )))... I will enjoy watching it later in the evening as right now I have work to do. I published the link on your video on my wall so my relatives could watch it too.... All of them who saw it are passing to you their warm regards . For you it was probably similar expirience as to us when we went to USA. Everything was so different to what we got use to. That year at Samford University and with your family and of course your uncle has much impact on my life, the way I see and understand things ))) - Timour