My mom, Jessica, Jared, and I spent most of our time here sharing in the English school classrooms. A lot of the people are trilingual or at least bilingual, usually being able to speak Tajik, Uzbek, and Russian. At the English school, we helped organize 600+ of their books according to the different reading levels. My dad worked in the IT office doing some training there. We also celebrated Jared’s birthday with the family we were staying with and more people that we met. We ate a lot of good food like osh, shashlik, sambusa, manti, qurutob, and a lot more. Jessica, my mom, and I also got to pick out some fabrics at the market and had some clothes custom made. Overall, it was so much fun, and we got to interact with so many different people.

Where we stayed at our friends’ house, they depend on a water truck to come usually twice a week to deliver well-water. The water gets put in a concrete cistern, and what’s left gets put in an inflatable play pool. This is their sole source of water. It’s always exciting when the water truck comes with this cold refreshing water and everyone gets fresh clean water to play in the pool.

After filling the concrete cistern (the only source of water for the household), the kids fill the pool with the water that’s left in the water truck. The truck usually comes twice a week to deliver this fresh well water.
Dinner with our friends at a Tajik restaurant.
The kids had fun playing games together.
Eric and some interns at the software development center.
Jessica, Gianna, and Allison picked out fabrics at the market and had some custom outfits made.
After choosing fabrics, we went to this embellishment store, where we picked out pretty strings of sequens and lace to add to our proposed outfits. Jessica and Gianna are pictured here with our friend Isabelle.
On Jared’s birthday lunch, friends from the IT office had us over for a traditional meal.
This traditional favorite dish is called “osh” and is made of short grain rice with meat and spices. Delicious!
For birthday dinner we went to a traditional Tajik restaurant and enjoyed these long kebabs made with seasoned ground meat and chunks of fat to keep the meat most and flavorful.
Gianna and Sammy playing with Matchbox cars at our our friends’ house, where we stayed.
Jessica and Isabelle created a lovely dance routine that they performed for us.
This local naan bread is cooking in a huge oven in town. This bread is baked fresh every morning. The bakers usually wear long gloves to place the round dough pieces on the sides of the oven, and then use a long-handled tool to remove the bread.
These dried cow patties are burned in ovens instead of firewood.
One day we ventured into the big city nearby and went to this market.
Fresh naan for sale at the market .


    1. No, He wasn’t able to use the drone in most of the places we went. The bazaar had an upstairs area that went around the perimeter, and had some of it was open, with just railing, so I took the picture from that area.

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