In Uzbekistan, the summer break lasts three months – June, July, August. And we cannot blame them, yesterday the temperature was already over 35° !
Uzbekistan weather is extremely continental… Minus 40 in the winter time, plus 50 in the summer season…
In Khiva, all students were specially dressed and were all over the streets, creating a fascinating white and black ballets in a town usually filled will inelegant tourists.
The national population growth rate has fallen since independence (although it’s still high at 2.5% per year) with tens of thousands of Slavs emigrating each year and with the sudden disappearance of subsidies for large families. Over half the population is under 15 years of age.
This place seemed to be the perfect location for young couples to kiss… But the funny thing is that this is a mosque ! And I can tell you that the mosque intendant was really pissed off, trying to make them leave the place… unsuccessfully 😀