The old silk road cities of Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan have seen enormous changes since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

This article from Saudi Aramco World magazine discusses cultural identity in Central Asia and also describes the modern day silk road nomads (businessmen who roam by plane and SUV instead of camel), Tashkent┬┤s thriving theatre scene and the rise of Korean restaurants in this historic region.

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Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.