I have an accent, and it always triggers people to ask where I come from? I love when they ask me this question. One is because I like to share, and second I love to see the puzzled face when some hear Uzbekistan.

Not many heard about Uzbekistan, and not many know where it is.
But I must say it is a beautiful county with a vibrant history, fantastic food, and warmhearted people.

However, many like me had to leave the county due to the poor economy in search of better job
opportunities. It’s been 15 years since I left.

A couple of years ago administration in the country changed, and it seems like it is doing all the best to restore stability and easy travel to Uzbekistan.

Another question that pops out when they find out where I’m from is.
Is it worth traveling and seeing Uzbekistan?

My answer – Absolutely!

Uzbekistan is in Central Asia and borders other countries of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.

Uzbekistan was at one time part of the Persian Empire which was conquered by Alexander the Great in about 4th century BC.

Uzbekistan also was under the Mongols in the 13th century, when it was under the leadership of Genghis Khan, who conquered the region and captured it from the Seljuk Turks. Later in the 16th century, the region came under famous Tamerlane’s great empire.

In 1925 the region was under the control of the Soviets, and it was known as Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic.

At the end of 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union transformed all republics of the union into independent states. Today they are known as STANS, as they all end with STAN.

Uzbekistan region has been the cradle of culture for more than two millennia.

Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road.

In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s biggest draw and most impressive showstopper.

Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva never fail to impress visitors with their fabulous mosques, madrassas, and mausoleums.

While its more eccentric attractions, such as the fast-disappearing Aral Sea, the fortresses of desperately remote Karakalpakstan.

Its boom town capital Tashkent and the ecotourism opportunities of the Nuratau Mountains mean that even the most diverse tastes can be catered for.

Food in Uzbekistan is to die for! Located along the former Silk Road, Uzbekistan has long benefitted from exchanging goods and ideas with its neighbors.

Uzbek cuisine is a mix of Turkish, Slavic, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean influences, so one could say that Uzbek cuisine indeed does offer the best from all the worlds.

With its the most popular dishes like Plov, Manti, Samsa, Kebabs, Non, Shurpa, there is a skim chance to keep your waist thin :)

It’s delicious, heavy, hearty, and fatty, but there is a great variety of veggies and fruits, which are a big part of the diet.

There are fields and orchards all over the country packed with flavorful veggies and fruits!

I’ve been to many countries and places, and I must say that I couldn’t find a tomato, fig, or pomegranate that tastes better than in Uzbekistan!

Yes, it’s worth seeing and traveling to Uzbekistan. It’s one of those destinations which you’ll remember all your life.

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Slow cooked lamb shoulder
Rack of lamb with ancho-honey glaze