TRAVEL ALERT: LOSE 10 POUNDS IN 30 DAYS! WITHOUT EXERCISE! EAT ICE CREAM!

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Shades of Istanbul…

Yes, you can do all this in Uzbekistan, especially if you’re vegetarian.  When the national cuisine (e.g. comfort food) consists basically of meat, fat and starch, it’s easy for me to abstain.  It’s not that they don’t have good healthy food.  They do.  But like elsewhere, it doesn’t show up much in restaurants.  Fortunately hotels and even hostels tend to include breakfast, frequently good, often massive.  That’s where I stocked up the old belly.  Other than that it’s pretty dismal, and often over-priced.  You could do better in any fast-food Chinese joint in Los Angeles, IMHO.  And if you decide to go with Western food instead, then you’re pretty much limited to xot dogs, gamburgers, and пицца, without the anchovies.  It’s still a nice country.  And you really don’t need to pack the vitamins.  I know when I’m vitamin-deficient.  They do have fresh vegetables, and instant noodles, and fresh eggs.  Mini-fridges are not uncommon either, even in the cheaper rooms.  Next time I’ll take a 220V traveling tea kettle.  The ice cream is cheap and nothing special, but not bad.  They’ve got corn (maize), too.  I like that.  I like people who eat corn on the cob.  I like Uzbekistan, too.

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