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Maelys Briere, originally from Saint-Ouen-sur-Iton (Orne), is currently a student in a professional degree in tourism trades. His internship in Uzbekistan deals with the use of digital social networks to promote a destination sightseeing.
For this, she makes a diagnosis of digital productions who promote the country and more particularly Bukhara, in order to offer content for foreign social networks. In addition, to complete and support the methods used, it draws on scientific articles.
The country wants to welcome more French speakers
At the same time, with her two undergraduate classmates who left with her, they help students who are learning French and who want to study at their university next year.
Thanks to this, they have made friends with whom they can discuss, discover and learn from the Uzbek population and the magnificent corners to know. The country wishes to welcome more French speakers on its territory, who are more and more numerous every year.
“I took this opportunity to go to Uzbekistan to enrich myself professionally while adapting to a country totally different from ours, which will allow me to develop my intercultural spirit. Working with different cultures and different countries can be complicated in the professional world, and yet it is increasingly essential for development. Likewise, I was curious and motivated to promote the potential of Uzbekistan, which we don’t know much about, among French speakers,” explains Maëlys Brière.
The first time I heard about this country was on Beijing Express. I had no particular opinion except that I had doubts about modernity, which very quickly faded.
“I am not disappointed, I am amazed not only with the desert and mountainous landscapes, the immense and magnificent monuments preserved from medieval times, but also in terms of taste with generous dishes full of flavors, a culture of bread to delight the most French among us and the tea which seduced me even though I very rarely drink it in France”, continues the young woman.
“The historic buildings are illuminated every evening for the greatest pleasure of our eyes and being a fan of night walks, I can tell you that the city is alive with the small shops open late at night where on the way back I stop buying a few things in supermarkets or restaurants which mostly close at midnight. »
Discover Uzbekistan differently
The period between the end of March and June is particularly interesting for a tourist because there are many festivals like Navroz’s feast which celebrates nature, the beginning of spring on March 21, the April 1 festival with its free food stalls, the Boysun music festival in early May, the spice and silk festival from May 25 to 27.
“I currently have a YouTube channel, Ouzbek Trip, where I share my daily life. I would like to share my experience and make people discover Uzbekistan differently, because it is very modern and dynamic. Also, I write posts on Facebook on the page living in Uzbekistan: on the road to Bukhara. »
A cheap life
Economically speaking, the country is very advantageous as the cost of living is much cheaper. We can afford to do more things with a reasonable budget. “I got used to take the taxi for only 60 cents for a 9-minute journey to Bukhara,” says Maëlys Brière.
With only the basics of numbers, we shop at the market like all Uzbeks who eat fresh produce every day and even bake bread at home. I was lucky enough to be invited to the countryside by the family of one of our friends who is learning French. I spent a memorable day chatting and seeing the family members prepare the famous plov and bread cooked according to tradition.
“The people are very welcoming, even if they don’t speak a word of our language, they come to us to communicate and learn more about us. With gestures and two or three words, we meet very pleasant people, such as a lady who came to do my braid on the train,” enthuses the young student.
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