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Day 11~ June 11th~ Xinjiang

Kyrgyz hospitality

Those who have little often are the ones who give selflessly…

This is so true of nomadic people all over the world. Hospitality is part of who they are as people and they are known to welcome their guest by offering them the best of the little that they have. It is an insult to reject their hospitality perhaps because that would suggest hostility towards the host. The Kyrgus people of lake Karakol are no different and their soup is a most delicious offering to a traveler in the high mountains. Dare mention how good the food is and you are sure to be force-fed a second portion!

photo taken: a grandmother hostess in her yurt offering soup to one of my fellow travelers.



Day One Hundred Thirteen, may 15, 2011

continuous eyebrows and bright smiles

Kashgar is buzzing with the life of its bazaars on Sunday, from the livestock bazaar to fabric, spice, and everything else markets. We saw so many little girls and boys working in these markets with their traditional costumes, bright eyes, glowing smiles and the occasional continuously painted eyebrows.

photo taken: Two Uyghur girls at the Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar