Day 20: Palace of Arts – Turkistan

Located between Independence Square and the Monument of Courage, directly across the street from Tashkent's Crying Mother Monument, the Palace of Arts "Turkiston" is another of the Uzbek capital city's most imposing Soviet era monuments visitors will find hard to miss. Construction started in the final days of the USSR, but was derailed by lack of … Continue reading Day 20: Palace of Arts – Turkistan

Day 21: Uzbek Wine

Uzbekistan is hardly world renowned for its contribution to the global viticulture industry, but grapes have been cultivated in Central Asia for more than 2,000 years.  Zoroastrians were famous for their wine making skills, and this tradition survived the muslim conquest into the later middle ages, under Russian Imperial influence, during Soviet times, and through … Continue reading Day 21: Uzbek Wine

Day 45: Supreme Assembly Chamber

Oily Majils is to Uzbekistan as the House of Representatives is to the United States.  Founded during the transition between the Supreme Soviet of the Uzbek SSR and the Parliament of an independent Uzbekistan, the Supreme Assembly was responsible for adopting the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan as the basis for what has evolved … Continue reading Day 45: Supreme Assembly Chamber

100 Days – Uzbekistan

So much to say.  So little time.  So much that can't be said.  One thing is for sure, the past three years have been quite a ride.  Brutalist architecture, ancient silk road fortresses, the spectacular remnants of Timur's empire - Uzbekistan has it all, and at the same time, doesn't.  We've seen big changes just … Continue reading 100 Days – Uzbekistan

PashbyMaul Adventures – Update

It's been six months since our last post. An epic failure on our part to keep our followers updated on life in Uzbekistan. This time last year, we were nearing the end of our "Last 100 Days in Italy" series, as we prepared to continue the great PashbyMaul adventure in Central Asia. Here's what you've missed: … Continue reading PashbyMaul Adventures – Update

Samarkand Photo Essay – Gur-Emir Mausoleum

PashbyMaul Adventures just returned from a much needed and very restorative autumn break to the Silk Roads midpoint capital city of Samarkand. We were blessed with amazing conditions - perfect temperatures, blue skies, clear air - conditions that only enhanced the photogenicity of Samarkand's many spectacular monuments. In the ancient city of Kesh, just 100km to the … Continue reading Samarkand Photo Essay – Gur-Emir Mausoleum

Alisher Navoi National Park

Advertised as one of the greatest city parks in the country, Alisher Navoi park provides residents of bustling Tashkent a welcome respite from hectic city life. Shaded paths under massive trees along idyllic canals and grassy areas to relax, we could see how, in its heyday, this park was Tashkent's primary leisure center. Sparsely populated … Continue reading Alisher Navoi National Park

One Month In – just getting our feet wet

When one normally talks about a life change, it's to do with changing jobs, getting married, moving for a promotion, retirement, etc. We don't know anyone who's moved to Uzbekistan before, and this is a major life change for us... in more ways than one. Background - Alicia and I lived in Italy together for … Continue reading One Month In – just getting our feet wet

Uzbekistan – First Impressions

Turkish Airlines, Boston to Istanbul, Istanbul to Tashkent. By the time we arrived in Istanbul, I had already been mauled by our tyrannical Tuscan farm cat Ponce. While attempting to quench his kitty thirst on the 11 hour flight, he decided he didn't like the oral syringe method, and proceeded to sink his fangs deep … Continue reading Uzbekistan – First Impressions