This blog is dedicated in pictures to the Uzbek people I met and the thousands more whom I only saw on the street.  I loved the way the women and the men dressed, often still in part in their traditional garb.  I have encountered (almost) only friendliness, openness and hospitality.  I have never felt unsafe in this country or unwelcome.  Many of my architectural images lack people, as Ann in one of her early comments noticed.  That is deliberate.  But here, they finally are:  The wonderful people of Uzbekistan.

For myself, this is a slow day.  I am packing and sleeping as much as I can to get ready for a long, long overnight transit to Afghanistan.   Even though these two countries border on each other, there is no direct way to get from here to Kabul.  I have to fly through Delhi…

From here on out, posting on the blog is very questionable and likely sporadic if at all.  But I will write and photograph as I go along. Eventually, you will hear from me again.

No news is good news!  If there is bad news, David will know and post a note.

Hope to be back soon.  ET

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  1. Thanks Elisabeth! I’m ready and excited to go to Uzbekistan.

  2. I too, love the pictures – so much color whereas black is so “in” right now in the states – and how wonderful to experience such kindness and acceptance. There was one incident for us near the western border of China where our donkey cart driver put his finger towards the ground and shouted “Bush”. A kind smile soothes so many hurts.

  3. DEAR ALL WHO HAVE SENT COMMENTS THROUGHOUT THE UZBEKISTAN TRIP: Thank you so much for reading and writing. You keep me motivated, you make me think, and you keep me company. Keep them coming! I have no intentions of getting shot, especially, since I have my son’s wedding to look forward. I will do what is very hard for me and follow other people’s advice for the next two weeks. 😉 Let’s have another adventure. I will keep you posted. ET

  4. Stunning photos, ET. Three of my favorites: The woman in the red suit/high heels, the three ladies turning around and, of course, the man with the cabbage leaf on his forehead.
    Safe travels in Afghanistan. Can’t wait to hear from you and your see photos.

  5. Wonderful photos, Elisabeth. I’m not sure why, but I think my favorite is “mullah in a hurry”.
    I look at the Uzbeks, and while they may look a bit different in face and dress…I know we all share hopes and dreams, loves and fears…it is interesting to know that way at the ends of the earth there is someone who is like me in many ways.
    STAY SAFE…and I agree with Nicola: No photo is worth getting shot for!!!! We need you back here in the Fall!!! Period.

  6. Lovely pictures, thank you. I am enjoying a little Amsterdam interlude in the sunshine. Even here it is possible to get away from the tourists for a while if one tries hard enough (hardly anyone in the Hermitage or the Portuguese Synagogue but coaches ten deep outside the Rijksmuseum) but you are really venturing off the beaten track now.

    Stay safe and remember my advice from the Mumbai Naval Dockyard: NO PHOTOGRAPH IS WORTH GETTING SHOT FOR