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German newspaper shares useful tips for visiting Uzbekistan in the summer for its readers
25 July 2023
German newspaper shares useful tips for visiting Uzbekistan in the summer for its readers

The website of the popular German metropolitan newspaper "Berliner Zeitung" published an article dedicated to Uzbekistan named "45 degrees in the shade – Uzbeks give advice on how to cope with the heat".

The author of the article, Nicholas Butylin, gives useful advice to the newspaper's readers on what clothes to choose for summer trips to hot countries, in particular, a trip to Uzbekistan. Based on his experience, the journalist notes that before traveling to Uzbekistan he checked the weather forecast in the city of Samarkand and saw 39 degrees on the first day, 42 degrees on the second and on the third day - up to 44 degrees. He was warned about high temperatures even at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Berlin.

 “We arrived in the oasis city of Samarkand.  Among the famous madrasahs, mosques and mausoleums located in Samarkand, early in the morning, it is already 37 degrees. Scorching heat presses on the pearl city of the ancient Silk Road. I noticed that tourists in the small streets of Samarkand always walk on the shady side to avoid the scorching sun. But the people of Uzbekistan have better ways to cope with the intense heat” – the author describes his trip to Samarkand.

As the journalist notes, drinking should be the number one rule on days with the temperature above 40 degrees: “On days when the thermometer shows more than 40 degrees, the motto should be drink, drink, and drink. But not just any drink. The body absorbs alcohol worse when it is very hot: blood vessels dilate, blood pressure drops, which can lead to problems with blood circulation”.

Describing what Uzbek people drink during the heat, the journalist notes that Uzbek people drink a lot of still water or slightly warm green tea, highlighting that at least 3 liters of fluids should be consumed at high temperatures.

Defining the food bazaars of Samarkand and the restaurants in the city, the author lists the whole bunch of fragrant smells of curry, paprika, cumin, and turmeric that attract those traveling to Samarkand. The smell of Uzbek pilaf, a traditional rice dish with meat, and barbecue, and specifically Samarkand pilaf attracts guests and inhabitants of the city easily. However, regardless of the temptation of Uzbek delicacies, one should try to avoid fatty food during the summer, as noted by the author of the article. Local fruits, especially watermelons and melons are recommended by the author to consume instead of meat under high temperatures since these delicious fruits consist 95% of water.  

“As everyone knows, white reflects sunlight, and black absorbs it. Therefore, on sunny days, light-colored clothing should always be preferred. In Uzbekistan, this physical fact is taken seriously. More than 90 percent of the cars driving on the roads of the country are white, most men wear white shirts, T-shirts and baseball caps, women wear white or light-colored dresses…” sums up the correspondent of the Berliner Zeitung.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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