Posts Tagged ‘Khiva’

O’zbek in the (former) U.S.S.R

O'zbek in the (former) U.S.S.R

In 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, hundreds of thousands of Bukharan Jews left their homeland after 70 years of Soviet oppression and a new ugly rise in Uzbek nationalism.  Most ended up in Israel, but around 60,000 found their way to Rego Park and Forest Hills in Queens.  If you live in […]

A day in Khiva: Our first ancient Silk Road city! (August 9, 2011)

We hit three major Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan.  The first was Khiva, a former slave market town.  Its walled-in old city with its blue and green mosaic minarets housed dozens of museums, hotels, tourist shops and market stalls but managed to remain tasteful and un-Disneyfied, probably due to its remote location.  Khiva is about […]