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Tashkent with children

My husband and I are in the process of adopting a little girl from Uzbekistan. We may have her escorted to the US but if we travel we will be in Tashkent for about 2 weeks. She'll be in foster care officially but will be spending a lot of time with us. It seems that the Intercontinental Hotel is our best bet ( having internet access and a pool so she can swim ) but what other diversions are there for children? Does any one know if there are amusement parks? A zoo? What do locals do with their kids?

Thanks for your help

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You and your husband are very brave & I take my hat off to you for what you are trying to do. First, I hope you speak Russian are have someone to help you. The Intercontinal hotel is a 1st class hotel with all the western amenities you would expect but it is also the most expensive $$$$$$$ in town. Next door to the hotel there is an amusement park by a large lake & a very nice Japanese garden park. On Jahon Obidova street just a short drive from the hotel is the city's botanical gardens and zoo. By western standards it is ancient but a small child would probably enjoy it. A very nice resturant J. Smoker's Pub and a very nice coffee shop/dessert bar are just down the street from the Inter. hotel on Amir Temur. They have English menu's if you ask.

There are less expensive hotels around the city, one I like is the Tashkent Palace Hotel. I just got back home a few days ago from my 2nd holiday to Uzbekistan. It is truly a stunning and beautiful land. Good luck and if I can be of help, let me know.

Steve

P.S. Check all your U.S. Dollars at home only take with you bills in absdutely pristine condition.

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Thanks so much for your support. We are adopting through an accredited US agency that has a co-ordinator there. I don't think we'd even try to do this on our own! We'll have a guide or can arrange one through the co-ordinator for pretty much everything adoption related we do.

I did see the amusement park near the InterContinental, we are considering that as one option, but I think our hotel choice will be finalized once we find out where her foster parents live, where we'll be going to court, etc.

One other thing...any department stores in Tashkent that would have fairly decent kid's clothes ? We should get measurements before we get there but they can be unreliable...what about a toy store?

Thanks for your help.

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Hi, I am Russian from Tashkent, an American citizen now.

Yes, Tashkent is a huge city. You can go to puppet theater, to Circius, to Children's theater, to the zoon, to waterpark, to small amusement park...Tashkent has a botanic garden, many museums. Kids like museum of nature which has two- headed ram's figure. Tashkent's shops have peanut butter and coke, kleenex and plastic containers,so do not worry about, you are not going to barbarian city.

Good luck with your trip. Oksana

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Was glad I could help. I have several friends over there . I e-mailed several questions back to Tashkent. From what I've seen most of the stores are small family run. Kind of like are flea markets here in the U.S. I did see some toy venders as well as children's clothing, but its not like going to our Wal-Mart or Sears store here. I will let you know as soon as I hear something back, but it would probably be better to buy some clothing and a few toys here to take with you. Also you can use credit cards and ATM's at the major hotels and they have exchange offices some open 24/7. The new versions of the U.S. dollars $20:00's and $ 50:00. Your banker can help you if you let them know your going overseas.

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We do plan on stocking up but I kind of have this feeling they will send us her measurements and then we will discover something got lost in translation. I've heard of this happening. I do plan on buying things that will fit even when they don't ( t shirts, elastic waist pants ) but was just wondering in case we needed to pick something up there.

There is a chance we'll use an escort and won't go, in which case we'll probably travel back there in a few years when she is older just to visit, maybe to adopt again.

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Hope everything is going well with the adoption. I'm sorry for my delay in getting back to you. The advice I gave you about the childrens clothing seems to be correct from the answers I got back from Tashkent. I'm going back around New Years. Good Luck!

Steve

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No problem. As with many things in Uzbekistan ( I am learning ) the adoption is proceeding slowly. Our agency did ask us if we would be willing to adopt a sibling group so we may go from 0 to 2 kids, hopefully first part of next year.

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Uzbekistan, is very different land then we are used to. The people as a whole are very friendly but governments can be very slow and bureaucratic.

Good luck ask your family grows.

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a good option instead of the Intercon is to stay in one of the private smaller hotels like Grand Orzu, Sambuh, Malika. They are all very nice and cost about 40 usd per night rather than 160 usd at the Intercon. You get friendlier service too, and they are all located in residential areas rather than on a main road like the intercon.

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