A Uyghur father cracks open apricot shells for the interior seed in his traditional mud packed home in Kashgar. Apricots are one of the most common fruits you will find in Xinjiang and all along the ancient trade route through Central Asia, The Silk Road.
A Uyghur couple rides an electric scooter through Old Town, Kashgar. This part of Kashgar is being demolished and rebuilt like many “ancient” towns in China. It will soon be “jiade” like the Great Wall and so many other “new” old and ancient places. I was there last March and again in August and couldn’t believe what had happened in such a short period of time.
Kashgar, October 2012
A Uyghur woman prays towards Mecca in her home. Uyghurs, as all Muslims, pray at least 5 times a day. Near Kasghar, 2012
Akbar, my tea date. Nothing like a young man taking me out for tea and then a bookstore…escorted on his scooter.
- “Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”— Anaïs Nin
- “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
- “I want so much that is not here and do not know where to go.”— Charles Bukowski
- “Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning.”