Michael Turtle – TIME TRAVEL TURTLE
As you travel through Uzbekistan, you certainly see the legacy of the different eras. Each has left its mark on the country and each is interesting for travellers like us.
Of course, there’s the heritage of the Silk Road. Uzbekistan was one of the most important countries for the caravans that passed through Central Asia on the great trading routes. You can see the impact in the beautiful city of Samarkand, as well as Bukhara and Khiva.
There’s also much left from the Soviet era, when Uzbekistan was part of the USSR. Although it’s part of the overall culture, you see it particularly in the capital Tashkent, in the public monuments and in the artistic design of the Tashkent Metro, for instance.
And there’s the era we’re in at the moment – independence. Uzbekistan is very proud of its national identity and that comes across in the way that historical figures are idolised and the patriotic heritage is promoted.
Throughout the whole country, you’ll find warm and welcoming communities, stunning landscapes, and a rich heritage. Transport is easy between the main cities but becomes a bit of an adventure if you want to branch out. Still, there’s lots to see and plenty of good food to eat, so don’t be afraid to explore a bit.
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