Cultural Presentation and Dinner/Embassy of Uzbekistan:
THIS volunteers were thrilled to receive an invitation by Secretary Abdufarrukh Khabirov of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan for a cultural presentation and dinner on February 5.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by our gracious hosts with a glass of wine and invited to view examples of beautiful native costumes, exceptional art and handmade special furniture. Afterwards, Mr. Said Rustamov, Deputy Chief of Mission, formally greeted the guests and invited THIS President Liz Klass to say a few words.
In the following, Secretary Khabirov made a presentation featuring touristic points of interest, focusing on the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva and special government programs like the "2016 Healthy Mother and Child" initiative. We received a very good introduction to Uzbekistan, a democratic, secular, unitary and constitutional republic with a very diverse cultural heritage that is also one of the largest Central Asian countries. Here, modern meets its ancient heritage in the best way possible by merging the two in a very harmonious way. We were all impressed by the beauty and history of the country and the way it has emerged as a modern and independent state that, as is stated on the embassy's website, "has found the way to meet the interests of the Uzbek nation and provide social, political and economic stability".
After the cultural presentation, attendees were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner that featured delicious Uzbek foods, including the national signature dish "palov", a main course, typically made with rice, pieces of meat, grated carrots and onions. We also enjoyed "Manti", a form of dumpling, and "Somsa", stuffed pockets of dough in addition to a variety of kebabs. Everything was absolutely delicious and much appreciated.
When the evening concluded, we went home intrigued and very impressed with this amazing country that, I am sure, many of us hope to visit in order to see all the wonders it has to offer in person!