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My Uzbek Grandparents

Bibi remained an enigma for my entire stay in Bukhara. I could not figure out just who she was or what kind of person she was under her quilted coat and rubber boots. No taller than a ten-year-old child, but rounded more like an apple, she had maybe two teeth ... read more

Betsy Gilliland

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Snapshots of Life in Uzbekistan

The following are not intended to paint a complete picture of life in Uzbekistan. Instead, they are my impressions, snapshots I might have taken during my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English at Bukhara State University. They are simply what I felt as I experienced each day, ... read more

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Guesting in Uzbekistan

Betsy Gilliland

25 Jun 2009

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Like most peoples of the world, Uzbeks are proud of their country's hospitality. In fact, they even have a verb: "guesting." When you go guesting, you are not supposed to do anything but sit back, allow the host to pamper you, and, above all else, keep eating. This is not a culture where you can say "no" three times and be absolved of the responsibility of eating. If you are full, keep accepting food and nibble at it. Accept all drinks that are offered: tea, cola, or vodka. You must participate in toasts, although you can usually pretend to sip the vodka if you don't want to toss it back in one shot. You are only allowed to help with clean-up if you have spent several days with the family or guest there frequently.

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