Sunset Sunday – A Sunset Photo Leads to More in Piskent, Uzbekistan

In this guest post, the author reminds us why being open, saying yes, and stopping to take a photo of a sunset is a great idea, especially in Uzbekistan.  Yes, she was staying adventurous or in her words; “let the course of the events lead you in life.”

Uzbekistan Hospitality

pksent, Uzbekistan sunset

“Please come to my home” said Oman, a young boy we met in a junction trying to figure out the directions in the country side of Uzbekistan. We did not know at that time that it would include celebrating his mother´s birthday, a Ramadan dinner, to meet everyone in his extended family and share our stories – and sleeping over at their terrace under the nests of the swallows. We received a taste of the hospitality of Uzbekistan, and a glimpse of their life.

What if we did not stop at a junction of the country roads close to Piskent in Uzbekistan to photograph that cutie in the sunset? We would have missed it all!


This sunset was shot by Elin Reitehaug on a trip where she and two friends drove the 18200 kilometers from Norway to Mongolia in an ambulance, taking part in the Mongolia Charity Rally 2012. Elin is the founder and writer at Taste of Slow– a blog about travel and vegetarian food. She can also be found on twitter at @tasteofslow. This is her second guest post in the Sunset Sunday series, her first was from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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  • Maria

    Beautiful portrait and great story by Elin Reitehaug – It’s when we take these extra seconds to engage in the moment and with others that we receive the best payoff.

    • craig zabransky

      Yes, Maria… I so agree. It is these moments that live in our memory forever too… moment we are truly alive…these adventurous moments. stay … Craig

  • Pola

    Aww, neat story! You just can’t plan these things. :)