There’s no way to satisfyingly describe the biggest bazar of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in words. At least I can’t find one. It’s soo big, soo colorful, soo varied. The offered goods range from cheap plastic to home-farmed super sweet strawberries, from weird icon-carpets made in China, to elaborately embroidered jackets, from intensely scenting garlic to brightly sparkling jewelry. Join a photo-feast:
Category: On the Road
I am currently staying in Tashkent to teach a class on street photography together with French photographer Cyril Robin, a joint project of the German and French embassies here. As I’d never been to Uzbekistan or any other Central Asian country before, I was beyond excited to come here and have been delighted ever since. This country fuses so many different influences – though the official language Uzbek is a Turkic language (related to Turkish, yes, but also Kazakh and Siberian dialects) everyone also speaks Russian, the food is a mixture of arabic, turkish and russian cuisine, as is the architecture, and Tashkent’s inhabitants descend from Uzbeks, Russians, Koreans, and Europeans. While I spend most of the time with my more than lovely students, I luckily had a little time off yesterday to do some sight-seeing.
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I decided to stay a little longer to run up and down the beach in this beautiful weather, although I heard the temperatures are higher in Berlin, nothing beats the sound of waves and screaming seagulls.
During my stay in Hawaii for ASAP Beetle, I had the chance to visit a traditional taro farm to learn more about the production of this root vegetable that is so often used in the traditional Hawaiian kitchen. I was invited by Na Mea Kupono, a Lo’i Kalo (taro farm in Hawaiian) concerned not only with growing taro, but also with maintaining the knowledge and stories attached to it, to keep a culture alive, that’s about to disappear.
You know what, we Berliners should all go to Hamburg more often. Seriously, it’s a beautiful city and home to some very smart and very enjoyable people, like Melanie.