I will say a hundred times over, my experiences in Uzbekistan were less then ideal. I guess the great Silk Road cities had been built up so much in my mind that reality could never be satisfactory. In response to this feeling, I spent a lot of time roaming in the old parts of the cities. On one such adventure with 2 French accomplices, we followed our noses to a local residence. The one thing you can count on in Central Asia is to be fed. It took 3 seconds to be invited in, meet the family and be treated like family. Maybe the country has commoditized their history, but it has not overpowered their sense of hospitality. I wish Canada, especially Toronto, would learn a thing or two about this.