MIR Spotlight: Anvar Nasimov
Anvar Nasimov was born and raised in one of the most fascinating places on the planet: Samarkand, Uzbekistan, heart of the Silk Road. As a Tour Manager, Anvar offers his perspective on his country, and the satisfaction he feels in showing MIR travelers the beauty and history of his beloved homeland.
ANVAR: I was born in Samarkand, a place that is naturally multilingual. I speak Uzbek, Tajik (a distant dialect of Farsi) and Russian. I also studied linguistics and English at Samarkand State University.
ANVAR: Only traveling gives you the chance to learn about places – not just in books or in the movies, but for real. I also enjoy meeting locals where they live and go about their daily lives. That way you can learn the real truth about these places, talking with locals and seeing them in action.
Since I began leading trips for MIR 10 years ago, I’ve led tours in many places, including MIR’s Journey Through Central Asia: the Five ‘Stans; Central Asian tours in the Xinjang province of China; Iran, Mongolia, and the Trans-Siberian Railway by private train.
ANVAR: I am modest! I’ll just quote what two MIR clients said about their Silk Road journey through Uzbekistan with me.
“Thank you for making our trip a really special one. When something goes so smoothly, it’s not just luck. It’s a lot of hard work and attention to detail that makes it look easy. We very much appreciate your effort.”
OK, that’s enough compliments!
ANVAR: I get to watch travelers change their attitudes: attitudes about the countries they are visiting, and attitudes about the people they are meeting along the way. We all have stereotypes, and traveling helps us put things into reality – like people, culture, and history. Traveling also helps us to learn to have respect.
ANVAR: It’s a great opportunity that MIR gives me to travel and to meet so many different people on the tours. Almost every trip I learn something from travelers.
I also think that when groups of travelers are together on a tour, I have a chance to learn something new from them. So we are all learning from one another.
Traveling is continuous self-education.
(Top photo credit: MIR Corporation – Anvar Nasimov at Samarkand’s Registan)
PUBLISHED: October 8, 2014