PAUL BENJAMIN: Writer, Editor, Supermodel

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My latest book: Two Legends of Uzbekistan

My newest book is out… in Uzbekistan! Two Legends of Uzbekistan is a mythology book featuring two well-known legends of the region. Special thanks to my artist collaborators, Husan Sadykov and Shavkat Muzaffar who brought the stories to life with brilliance. Chargé d’affaires Philip Kosnett presented the book during a special ceremony at the U.S. Embassy inContinue Reading

Halloween, Half a World Away

Just because we’re living on the other side of the planet, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Halloween in style. Every year the embassy puts on a big Halloween party for local and American staff and their families. There are trick-or-treat booths, music, food, a costume contest and a bouncy castle. My own involvement as aContinue Reading

One Year Later

Here I am at the one-year mark. One year in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It’s been an interesting year and now that I’ve lived here for a while I’m feeling pretty much over all the wide-eyed wonder. I’ve heard that folks in the Foreign Service tend to go through several phases when living overseas. At first they’reContinue Reading

Next Year in Uzbekistan!

Hello, friends and a happy Passover/Easter/Pagan Spring to you all. How does one celebrate Passover in Uzbekistan? Well, this is my first one so I can’t be sure how it’s been done in previous years. However, I can tell you that we certainly had a great first one! A group of the Jews and tangentalContinue Reading

I Was a Diplomatic Housewife

Okay, I’ll admit it. That Algeria post is a monster. That really should have been about four different posts. From now on, I’ll endeavor to post shorter pieces with greater frequency. That means you’ll have to wait to see photos from Halloween, Thansgiving, and an Uzbek wedding, as well as pics from our recent trips toContinue Reading

To Algeria… and Beyond!

It’s been a while since my last entry. To some extent, I think I’ve had a mental block on blogging because I felt my post on the Algerian comics festival should be as big as the show was awesome. I’ve also been busy with writing and editing projects, not to mention my Russian studies. However,Continue Reading

Everything is New Again

I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to my new lifestyle. Not only is there a whole city, country, region to explore, but there doesn’t seem to be any kind of routine. Maybe in a year or so, going to embassy events and such will be old hat. Probably it will be. For now,Continue Reading

First Impressions

I’m now at the 2 and 1/2 week mark here in my new home but it feels like it’s been at least a month. In some ways I feel like I’ve gotten used to being here, in other ways I’m a total stranger in a strange land. I’d planned for my next post to relateContinue Reading

Home Sweet Home (Uzbekistan Edition) – Part Two

First impressions of Uzbekistan? Ready? Go! I’ve mostly been in the house unpacking since I arrived. The embassy’s been closed or on reduced hours due to Uzbekistan officially celebrating the end of Ramadan and their Independence Day from Monday through Thursday. Apparently the government doesn’t announce official holidays until the last minute, presumably to reduceContinue Reading

Home Sweet Home (Uzbekistan Edition) – Part One

I’ve finally made it to Uzbekistan! It seems like forever since I told my friends and family that Lisa and I were leaving Austin for the Foreign Service. Now, nearly eleven months later, we’re reunited and have moved into the place we’ll call home for the next two years. We even have most of ourContinue Reading