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Published: September 10th 2010
Khiva was the first city that we came to in Uzbekistan. The old city still had the walls around it. It’s quite a charming place as it’s the best preserved old city in Uzbekistan. We enjoyed wondering the streets and watching people.
When we arrived in Khiva we were surprised to find that the country is quite well set up for tourism and there are large amounts of French tourists traveling around Uzbekistan. It seems that this is a big destination for older French tourists. Many of the vendors speak to us in French; as do the kids (bonbon, etc.)
The currency in Uzbekistan is fun to deal with. The largest note is valued at approximately $0.50 US. So when we go out for the day we each have a thick stack of notes in our pockets, and really it’s the equivalent of $30 or so.
The main dish served everywhere in Central Asia is shashlik (kebab) and plov (greasy rice with meat and raisins). Having eaten every type of kebab starting with Turkey, then Iran, and now Uzbekistan, it’s safe to say that we’re all kebabed-out. Bread is also considered sacred here and it’s shameful to throw
it out. The result is that the bread served at restaurants tends to be rather stale and hard. Recently we’ve been searching out Italian restaurants that serve good pizza. We often find ourselves fantasizing about Big Macs, Starbucks lattes, Cinnabon, etc. It’s always the junk food that you end up craving.
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