Friday, March 17, 2006

Uzbek Style

Uzbek Dinner
Originally uploaded by Troy Smythe.
Last Sunday our church youth group and the youth workers gathered at Chris and Eric's house for a traditional Uzbek dinner. Eric is in the bottom right corner. His partner Chris is a PhD student who does research in Uzbekistan (right above Afgahnistan on the map). The food was great, and check out those digs?

In an effort to help the economy of Uzbekistan, Chris has been bringing back textiles of all kinds to sell in the U.S. for the folks there. It is great to see how much Chris loves the Uzbek people and the country. He gets so excited when he talks about them. And the stuff is cool and Fuh-un! The textiles cover their whole house including the raised platform we are sitting on. It's like a dining porch in Uzbekistan.

Big Hat Chris
Originally uploaded by Troy Smythe.

That ain't no 'fro Chris is wearing. It's a hat. It's my favorite, actually I like the turbans best, but this is my next favorite. Chris has brought back tons of Uzbek hats. The way each looks identifies which people group made it. Chris said he wore this one to class at IU when it would get really cold.

We have a great time with Eric and Chris. They are very fun friends to have, and they feed us. Chris will go back to do research this summer. Eric, who teaches Spanish at a high school just around the corner from where John and I live, hopes to go, too. I can't wait to see what they bring back next!


Blogger juliebelle said...

LOVE the wall hangings.
your friends look like a lot of fun!

6:06 PM  

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