When we announced our trip to Uzbekistan, many people asked us what the country was, or assumed that because it ended in 'stan,' it must be some dangerous place.

One of the key stops along the ancient silk road, this strongly secular Central Asian state is now home to some of the world's largest cotton production. It became independent from the former Soviet Union almost twenty years ago and now borders Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Allow us to give you our impression of this unique and mysterious land through these daily snapshots. Click on the first image to start the gallery: