Assalomu Aleykum and Thank You for checking out the Assalom Blog. My name is Katya and I am passionate about the Central Asian region. I was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and most recently is a Seattle resident. Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by the region, but my true understanding of its value to me came with my studying of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at University if Washington. I hope you enjoy my etudes about life in Tashkent as well as some other writing I may share on this page.