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.|
|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.