I was a long way from the hotels located outside the old walled city of Khiva, Uzbekistan so this friendly local offered me a ride. I’m neither inherently afraid of strangers or walking long distances but I figured this would be a good opportunity to chat with a local so I got in. As it turned out he didn’t speak much English and I don’t speak Uzbek or Khorezmcha so he drove and we listened to Uzbek electronic/dance music on what appeared to be a newly installed stereo. I suspect the car and stereo was his pride and joy and and opportunity to show it off may have been the reason he offered me a ride.