|With new friends in Bukhara|
|A mosque in Bukhara|
The vast majority of Uzbeks are Muslims but not very religious. They enjoy their Muslim traditions and festivities but few pray 5 times a day and rarely go to the Mosque, especially in the cities. Uzbek men also like their beer and vodka, perhaps a corruption inherited from their former Russian rulers. The young urbanites of Tashkent follow the fashions of Europe and the US with an impressive percentage of the girls (sorry I meant young women) very chic and pretty. In more isolated Bukhara, which has the feel of a small town, many wear traditional dress. But I didn't see any burkas and surprisingly few head scarfs. Large minority populations include Tajiks and Russians. There is also a long Jewish history in Uzbekistan with the Jews of Bukhara having been especially prominent. I stayed in a bed and breakfast in the Jewish Quarter which was formerly a Jewish home. Today there are only about 200 Jewish families left in Bukhara with most of the community having emigrated to Israel or the US. (http://www.
Uzbek is a Turkic language and Uzbekistan belonging to the Turkic community of countries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/