Last contact with locals before Tashkent

Nuralibek is the caretaker for the mosque in Besh Yuz village. Besh Yuz meaning ‘Five Hundreds’, probably that’s the count of inhabitants the village started with.
(Uzbekistan … 10.02.05 to 10.03.05)

A change of transport? The donkey has been widely used for all sorts of load; drinking water, tree branches, hay & of course people.

During the Soviet era, there was no mosque in the village. It has only been built a few years ago solely with the contribution from the villagers.

Yes! These are paddy … paddy from Guliston! And a whole lot of these in the background.

Muhammat also grows potatoes, wheat and some other vegetables. In a few months time when the planting of paddy begins, he will be able to sell those seeds for a better price.

Bidding farewell often attracts neighbors. This time, they are Muhammat’s brother’s family who lives next door.

We stopped to seek direction from people, as we usually did. “Come to my house & rest a while. Drink some tea & take some food!” a tall man in blue sports attire announced. Odibjon is a man known by many for he was often the cook during wedding celebrations.

The neatly aligned row of trees & the empty road gave off such a sense of peace and relief as the sun sets in the evening sky. Yet, the village of Eski Tashkent (Old Tashkent) lies less than 20km from the capital.

Cooking of the Uzbek Plov, a specialty for the guests!

Being such a well-liked person, Odibjon’s friends & neighbors, young & old, came to meet us. The only excuse to escape for a while, is a visit to the ‘hojakhona’ (toilet) *wink*

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