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... profession. When they figured I was in the medical field as well he wanted to see my meds as well. He didn't know anything about them so he just took different medication and asked me what it was for. I knew I didn't have any illegal stuff, but you just don't feel very comfortable...its Central Asia...if they wanna **** you, they **** you... Next up was my camera, but he didn't bother too much. He did bother about my mobile phone though and was eager to flip through it. I knew ...
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We checked into Gulanra and were given a great room. I rinsed our laundry which had so much stuff in it that I was really rewashing it - so much dirt and soap was still coming out.
We lounged in garden, were served hot coffee, and chatted with other guests. This is a well run place with a real paid staff who do their jobs.
Green Light at the Indian Embassy!
Dave had called ...
... and geese in a pond to the reception room where about 15 people were ahead of us. Yes, all had 11:30 appointments. It took an hour before it was our turn. The nice guy behind the counter told us we only could get 30 day visa. We pleaded with him if there was a way to get the 6 month visa. He called, we presume the Ambassador, and afterwards told us to sit down and wait for interview with the Ambassador. A good sign. We were elated. ...
... retiring to the hotel. Here we had no choice but to tarry in the bar, for the following morning we were losing the first of our band, India, who was flying to her namesake. Here we were joined by a friend of Liz (she had spent time working in the country last year)- Amin, an architect, who though of Crimean Tatar heritage, was born and reared in Uzbekistan. An excellent night ensued.
Wed 17th: A nourishing breakfast saw us left with three hours ...
... of getting a visa. In fact, that was the most common complaint we heard about the US. The topic of marriage came up in our discussion with the young people. Anna told us almost all marriages were arranged, and although her son strongly disagreed, she assured us that she would arrange the marriages of her sons. The Uzbeks say, "Love comes with the first child."
Parents use a matchmaker to find a suitable spouse for their child. The matchmaker tries to find a potential ...