In September, 1999, I was lucky enough to pass through Uzbekistan. It was actually an interesting trip. My staff and I were returning from Tash Kumyr to Osh after a day of testing with the American Councils for International Education (ACCELS/ACTR). We decided to avoid the rough dirt roads and see if we could drive through Uzbekistan which had much nicer, and paved, roads. At first, we thought it would not be successful. But after our driver bribed the Uzbek border guard an equivalent of one US dollar, we were let across. Since we were not "legally" supposed to be in Uzbekistan, I decided it was safer not to take too many pictures. I just got one of a cotton field and another of Andijan. Once we got to the border crossing next to Osh, we had tosit at the border for 30 minutes while the border guards interrogated us. It was a bit stressful but they eventually let us across.
(Cotton Fields outside of Andijan, Uzbekistan)
Afghanistan and Central Asia Research Information
For more information on Uzbeks in general, please visit Dr. Nazif Shahrani's Afghanistan and Central Asia Research Information. I designed and developed this web site when I worked for Dr. Shahrani as his Research Assistant and Webmaster.