About Uzbekistan: Tashkent
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan. It gained this status only recently in 1991, but the history of the city is over 2000 years old. It evolved from a small settlement near the oasis of Chirchik River and has blossomed into one of the largest cities of Central Asia. Tashkent is surrounded by fields and fruit gardens, which is an indication of the agricultural development of the past.
A large part of an old city, which contained many architectural and historical sights, was destroyed by an earthquake of 1966. The city was later restored by workers from all over Former USSR, but as a result the city now is a vivid example of Soviet architecture.
Tashkent is rich in theaters, museums, libraries and scientific establishments, which make it a large cultural and scientific center. There are many cafes and restaurants, which give plenty of opportunities to try traditional food. Mountains are located nearby the city, where visitors with their Russian girl friends can attend in the summer or in the skiing season.