I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan in 2003 and 2004. My aunt gifted me a Canon SLR film camera before I left. These are my pictures.
Our group started off in Tashkent, and I lived with an Uzbek family in neighboring Qibray before beginning my assignment in a small town called Zaamin. I lived with a wonderful family, taught English at the local school, and explored the country at every opportunity. One of my favorite memories is the day a fellow volunteer and I had a grand adventure with local friends visiting sites around Samarkand. We set out at daybreak and had the Registan all to ourselves. We toured a few other sites around Samarkand then headed to the bazaar to buy provisions for a trip to Hazrat Daud in the Mirankul Mountains. I also visited other mountainous areas like Fergana near the Alay Mountains, Zaamin National Park, and campsites in the Forish District. Volunteers organized an American-style summer camp in the Nuratau Mountains near Forish one year where I taught arts and crafts. I recall a goat trying to drink the tie-dye water warming in the sun. What an experience. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoy the memories. I plan to reprint and scan these in the future with better quality.