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The Adventures of a Twin Cities Orthodontist

Minnesota Orthodontist Travels Around the World

This past May, Dr. Zapfel took an exotic trip to Uzbekistan. No, he didn’t go there to see how orthodontics is done in that part of the world… He went to visit his daughter, Kim, who is living in Tashkent. Kim is a foreign service officer who is spending two years there. Uzbekistan is a republic that was part of the Soviet Union. It plays a critical role for the U.S. government because it shares a border with Afghanistan. In many ways it is a very poor country, yet the capital, Tashkent, has a modern subway system and is becoming exposed to western culture.

Uzbekistan is part of the silk road that has been a trade route from China to Turkey for hundreds of years. To see that part of Uzbekistan, Dr. Zapfel and his daughter Kim traveled by train to Samarkand and Bukhara, two cities that are over 2000 years old that are still part of the silk trade route. Handmade silk rugs are made in small rug factories there. Typically, two women will spend 8-10 months making one average sized rug.

The architecture is a blend of traditional Islamic mosques and Soviet-inspired housing. Most homes are modest, with extended families sharing space in courtyard-style buildings. Kim lives in a very nice newer home. The state department leases homes for their officers that are quite secure.

Finding a good place to eat can be a challenge in Tashkent. Instead of supermarkets, large outdoor markets are common. Numerous vendors sell everything from spices to fermented milk balls there.

If you want know more about Central Asia or Dr. Zapfel’s trip, just ask at your next Zapfel Orthodontics appointment! Check back soon for pictures, too!!

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray. Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley, Roseville, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights, and Mounds View, Minnesota.

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