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My Life In Uzbekistan

My life in Uzbekistan

As many of you know I was born and raised in Uzbekistan. After my country gained its independence in 1991, great things started happening. For instance, many high buildings were built, the economy of the country started to grow as well. During the times when Uzbekistan was part of the USSR, millions of people were migrated to Uzbekistan, hence the explanation of the multiculturalism in the country.

The educational system in my country is very different. Here, everybody starts going to school when they turn 7, we have a fixed date when all of the educational institutions start. It is September 2nd , because we celebrate our Independence day on September 1st, otherwise it would’ve started on September 1st  because this system has remained from the times when my country was part of the USSR. The  majority of population is fluent in Russian, despite Uzbek language is the official language in my country. As I mentioned earlier, we have a big multicultural community residing in Uzbekistan. There are South Koreans, who moved here in 1980s, Ukrainians, Russians and Russian Jews. When you start school, you enter a class of around 30 to 36 kids with whom you’ll be studying with for the next 11 years. We had 35 kids in my class, where 9 of them were Koreans, 2 were Russian Jews, 5 were Russians and 5 were Armenians,  the rest of the class were Uzbeks. We had a very friendly environment throughout all these years. Even though you’re not an Uzbek by nationality, most people would still follow the Uzbek traditions and holidays.

If you ever ask anyone who’ve been in Uzbekistan, what’s their favorite dish. They would tell you that it is pilav because anyone who’ve tried pilav falls in love with this food. Pilav has many names such as Pilaf, Plov, and Pallao to name a few. This dish is prepared in various regions around the world coming in all sorts of forms. Within the Uzbek cuisine there are many versions of this dish. Some with chicken and other meats, peas, or potato, which is then cooked in steam or sheep fat. Within each section of the country Khorezmian or Samarkand to be exact it can be made with quince or garlic. I would recommend everyone who has a chance to visit Uzbekistan, to go and see the city Samarqand (is a city in Uzbekistan known for its beautiful mosques and mausoleums). This city is filled with history and the fact that Samarqand was in the middle of the Great Silk Road explains  why.

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